Literacy and the Diffusion of Knowledge across Cultures and Times

  • Jack Goody
Conference paper


My contribution to this discussion differs from the substantial papers written by others. But it does arise out of an empirical background, in trying to understand the world as it is and as it was, and it needs to be viewed as a contribution to cultural history, even economic history, in a broad sense. The empirical background relates firstly to the kind of changes that are taking place in Africa and other parts of the world (preferably not the Third World, a misleading concept) as the result of a major addition to the communication system in the shape of writing and its consequences for what I call the technology of the intellect and what is here referred to as the creation and transfer of knowledge.


Marital Fertility Substantial Paper Sexual Knowledge Sexual Advice Rotary Press 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Goody
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  1. 1.St. Johns’ CollegeCambridge UniversityCambridgeUK

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