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Russian Culture : Margaret Mead: The Study of Contemporary Western Culture - Margaret Mead

Russian Culture

Margaret Mead: The Study of Contemporary Western Culture

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"These texts expose ... the impoverishing effect of recent emphases on critical virtuosity. The phenomenological status, processes, and practices involved (in our culture) in terms such as "character" are fascinating to study." - Journal of Anthropological Research

"Regardless of the dated theoretical approach of these classics, their valuable factual material and the ability of the authors to inspire further reflection still make them worth reading." - Ethnos

This volume brings together two classic works on the culture of the Russian people which have been long out of print. Gorer's Great Russian Culture and Mead's Soviet Attitudes towards Authority: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Problems of Soviet Character were among the first attempts by anthropologists to analyze Russian society.

They were influential both for several generations of anthropologists and in shaping American governmental attitudes toward the Soviet Union during the Cold War period. Additionally they offer fascinating insights into the early anthropological use of psychological data to analyze cultural patterns. Read as part of the history of the anthropology of complex contemporary societies, they are as fascinating for their more questionable conclusions as for their accurate characterizations of Russian life.

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"These texts expose... the impoverishing effect of recent emphases on critical virtuosity. The phenomenological status, processes, and practices involved (in our culture) in terms such as "character" are fascinating to study." - Journal of Anthropological Research

"Regardless of the dated theoretical approach of these classics, their valuable factual material and the ability of the authors to inspire further reflection still make them worth reading." - Ethnos

Penetrating Views of Russian Culture: Introduction: Russian Culture in the 20th Century
The People of Great Russia: Introduction and Introduction - 1961p. 3
Russian Camera Obscura: Ten Sketches of Russian Peasant Life (1916-1918)
Ironp. 25
Snowp. 32
Placenta Praeviap. 38
The Apologyp. 45
The Threatp. 49
The Bridal Dressp. 53
Policep. 55
Peasant Officersp. 58
A Political Episodep. 61
Moujiks want Glassesp. 63
The Psychology of Great Russians
Childhood Trainingp. 71
Character Developmentsp. 88
The Enemy and Hatep. 107
The Leader, Love, and Truthp. 114
Conclusionsp. 128
Development of the Swaddling Hypothesesp. 135
A Note on the Swaddling Hypothesesp. 151
Truth and Guiltp. 154
Soviet Attitudes Toward Authority
Questions Which This Study Seeks to Answerp. 163
Methods and Materialsp. 166
Background of the Soviet System of Authorityp. 176
Soviet Ideals of Authority Relationshipsp. 220
Soviet Official Expectations Regarding Motivationp. 242
The Place of the Political Police in the Soviet Authority Systemp. 262
Possible Developments in the Soviet Unionp. 277
Abstract of Research on Leadership in Soviet Agriculture and the Communist Partyp. 280
Summary of Conclusions of Research on Soviet Child Training Ideals and Their Political Significancep. 281
Summary of Conclusions of Research on Party and Non-Party Organizations in Soviet Industryp. 288
Source Materials Used by Other Members of the Research Groupp. 301
Excerpt Concerning the Communist "Election of May, 1948, in Czechoslovakia" - Taken from Chapter XVI of Unpublished Manuscript "Czechs, Slovaks, and Communism,"p. 308
"To Aid the Agitator," from Pravda, May 27, 1948p. 315
"Your Strength" (Poem about Atomic Energy)p. 318
Indexp. 320
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ISBN: 9781571812346
ISBN-10: 1571812342
Series: Margaret Mead: The Study of Contemporary Western Culture : Book 3
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st July 2001
Publisher: BERGHAHN BOOKS INC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.4

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