Capitalism and Modernity
By (author) Jack Goody
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Capitalism and Modernity by Jack Goody
Book DescriptionThis important new book investigates how the West attained its current position of economic and social advantage. In an incisive historical analysis, Jack Goody examines when and why Europe (and Anglo--America) started to outstrip all other continents in socio--economic growth. Drawing on non--Western examples of economic and technical progress, Goody challenges assumptions about long--term European supremacy of a a culturala kind, as was a feature of many theories current in social science. He argues that the divergence came with the Industrial Revolution and that the earlier bourgeois revolution of the sixteenth century was but one among many Eurasia--wide expressions of developing mercantile and manufacturing activity. This original book casts new light on the history of capitalism, industrialization and modernity, and will be essential reading for all those interested in the great debate about the economic rise of the West.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780745631912
(216mm x 140mm x 11mm)
Imprint: Polity Press
Publisher: Polity Press
Publish Date: 17-Mar-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Jack Goody
Death and the Ancestors, Paperback (February 2015)
Deliberately considering relevant theories put forward by earlier writers and examining them in the light of the research for this particular book, the author spent over 100 days attending funeral ceremonies and he attended 25 burial services. First published in 1962.
Comparative Studies in Kinship, Paperback (September 2013)
Against the background of the problems involved in the comparative study of human society, the essays in this volume show the comparative ideal in practice, which combines elements from both sociology & anthropology.
Metals, Culture and Capitalism, Paperback (November 2012)
A landmark exploration of the role of metals across Europe and Asia from the Bronze Age to the Industrial Revolution.
Theft of History, Paperback (March 2012)» View all books by Jack Goody
Goody raises questions about theorists, historians and methodology and proposes a new comparative approach to cross-cultural analysis.
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Author Biography - Jack Goody
Jack Goody is Emeritus William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology at St. Johns College, Cambridge
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