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The Study of Culture At a Distance : Margaret Mead--Researching Western Contemporary Cultures - Margaret Mead

The Study of Culture At a Distance

Margaret Mead--Researching Western Contemporary Cultures

By: Margaret Mead (Editor), Rhoda Metraux (Editor), William Beeman (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 5th July 2000
ISBN: 9781571812162
Number Of Pages: 560

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The United States on the eve of the Second World War was still a society largely isolated from the world. Facing enemies with unfamiliar cultural traditions, the U.S. government turned to anthropologists for insight. The result was a research effort that continued long after the war, aimed, in the words of Margaret Mead, at analyzing the cultural regularities in the characters of individuals who are members of societies that are inaccessible to direct observation. In 1953, Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux produced The Study of Culture at a Distance, a compilation of research from this period. This remarkable work, long unavailable, presents a rich and complex methodology for the study of cultures through literature, film, informant interviews, focus groups, and projective techniques. The book also provides fascinating insights into such diverse cultures as China, Thailand, Italy, Syria, France, Germany, Russia, Romania, and Great Britain, and includes some highly original analysis such as that of the Soviet style of chess, a study of Jean Cocteau's classic film La Belle et la Bete, and the cultural interpretations of Rorschach tests administered to Chinese subjects.

With a Foreword by William Beeman, Brown University

ISBN: 9781571812162
ISBN-10: 1571812164
Series: Margaret Mead--Researching Western Contemporary Cultures
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 5th July 2000
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.87  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Type: New edition