Russian Cultureby Margaret Mead
"Regardless of the dated theoretical approach of these classics, their valuable factual
"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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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!
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.