Soviet Attitudes Toward Authority


Soviet Attitudes Toward Authority: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Problems of Soviet Character is a 1951 nonfiction book written by anthropologist Margaret Mead and eight other specialists. It is published by the RAND Corporation.It is a preliminary report on approved and disapproved attitudes toward authority in the Soviet Union. In the last 3 pages, the book attempts to create a hypothesis on the USSR in the next 5 to 10 years.Meed posits that the traditional Russian character structure, "developed individuals prone to extreme swings in mood from exhilaration to depression, hating confinement and authority, and yet feeling that strong external authority was necessary to keep their own violent impulses in check".
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