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Margaret Mead collaborated with her long-time colleague Rhoda Métraux in this unique study of French culture. The Hoover Institute at Stanford University originally published this volume, which grew out of the Columbia University project on Research of Contemporary Cultures in 1954. It is one of the few works by American social scientists dealing with broad themes of French life.
Mead and Métraux present a vivid picture of the French starting with the organization of the house and its architecture, and drawing original conclusions for the structure of French families and overall cultural values. This work, long out of print, is a fascinating and penetrating portrait of a contemporary European society.
|Introduction to this edition|
|Pt. 1||Themes in French Culture|
|I||The Foyer: The World Within||3|
|II||Education: The Child in the Foyer||32|
|III||The Foyer: The World Outside||51|
|Pt. 2||Three Background Papers|
|IV||The Family in the French Civil Code: Adoption and the Tutelle Officieuse||77|
|V||Plot and Character in Selected French Films: An Analysis of Fantasy||98|
|VI||An Analysis of French Projective Tests||121|
Posted October 31, 2001
There are so few books written about French culture from an anthropological standpoint, this book is a treasure. Though written decades ago it is vivid and delightful. Mead and Métraux get it absolutely right!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.