Russian 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

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Overview

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571812346
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Study of Contemporary Western Culture
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 346
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Penetrating Views of Russian Culture: Introduction: Russian Culture in the 20th Century
The People of Great Russia: Introduction and Introduction - 1961 3
Russian Camera Obscura: Ten Sketches of Russian Peasant Life (1916-1918)
Iron 25
Snow 32
Placenta Praevia 38
The Apology 45
The Threat 49
The Bridal Dress 53
Police 55
Peasant Officers 58
A Political Episode 61
Moujiks want Glasses 63
The Psychology of Great Russians
I Childhood Training 71
II Character Developments 88
III The Enemy and Hate 107
IV The Leader, Love, and Truth 114
V Conclusions 128
App. I Development of the Swaddling Hypotheses 135
App. II A Note on the Swaddling Hypotheses 151
App. III Truth and Guilt 154
Soviet Attitudes Toward Authority
1 Questions Which This Study Seeks to Answer 163
2 Methods and Materials 166
3 Background of the Soviet System of Authority 176
4 Soviet Ideals of Authority Relationships 220
5 Soviet Official Expectations Regarding Motivation 242
6 The Place of the Political Police in the Soviet Authority System 262
7 Possible Developments in the Soviet Union 277
App. A Abstract of Research on Leadership in Soviet Agriculture and the Communist Party 280
App. B Summary of Conclusions of Research on Soviet Child Training Ideals and Their Political Significance 281
App. C Summary of Conclusions of Research on Party and Non-Party Organizations in Soviet Industry 288
App. D Source Materials Used by Other Members of the Research Group 301
App. E Excerpt Concerning the Communist "Election of May, 1948, in Czechoslovakia" - Taken from Chapter XVI of Unpublished Manuscript "Czechs, Slovaks, and Communism," 308
App. F "To Aid the Agitator," from Pravda, May 27, 1948 315
App. G "Your Strength" (Poem about Atomic Energy) 318
Index 320
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2001

    An Amazing Collection

    NOW I understand Vladimir Putin! This is a fascinating 'three for one' volume combining the classic works of John Rickman, Geoffrey Gorer and Margaret Mead. This reissue still packs a lot of power and 'rings true' for those who know Russia. It should be on the bookshelf of anyone dealing with studies of the former Soviet Union, because it reveals so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2001

    Fantastic to find this rare and masterful study

    After the cold war we need more and more writing that helps us to understand Russians on a human level. This three-in-one volume gives us clasic insights into the Russian family, village life, and traditional culture, with a dose of analysis of life under the Communist State. It was a continually fascinating read. Anyone dealing with the Former Soviet Union needs to have this on their bookshelf. I don't know how Mead and company managed to do this!

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