Study of Culture at a Distanceby Margaret Mead (Editor), Rhoda Metraux (Editor)
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
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Where are you, Margaret Mead? We need you! Mead and Métraux wrote this 'manual' as a guide to the extensive research project called Research in Contemporary Cultures. They were trying to analyze cultures 'at a distance' by looking at their film, literature, interviewing immigrants and carrying out projective tests. Sound familiar? This is cultural studies, but decades in advance of the movement in the United States. Their dead-on portraits of Russia, France, China and Germany show how valuable this approach was. This is a delight to read, and an invaluable contribution to knowledge.