Social Character in a Mexican Village (Google eBook)

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Transaction Publishers, 1970 - Social Science - 303 pages
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After the completion of the revolution in 1920, Mexico quickly became an increasingly industrialized country. The vast changes that occurred in the first fifty years after the revolution inspired Erich Fromm and Michael Maccoby to find out how the Mexican people were adapting. The result, Social Character in a Mexican Village, provides a new approach to the analysis of social phenomena. The authors applied Fromm's theories of psychoanalysis to the study of groups. They devised an ingenious method of questionnaires, which, combined with direct observation, clearly revealed the psychic forces that motivated the peasant population. In his new introduction, Michael Maccoby thoroughly explains the basis of the study, how it originated, and how it was carried out. He goes on to delineate the results and determine their impact on the present day. Social Character in a Mexican Village throws new light on one of the world's most pressing problems, the impact of the industrialized world on the traditional character of the peasant. This ground-breaking work will be invaluable to the work of sociologists, anthropologists, and psychoanalysts.

  

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Contents

THE SOCIAL CHARACTER OF THE PEASANT
1
The Dynamic Concept of Character
7
The Social Character
16
The Method
23
A MEXICAN PEASANT VILLAGE
31
A SOCIOECONOMIC AND CULTURAL
41
Medical Care
48
Housing
55
THE CHARACTER OF THE VILLAGERS
83
CHARACTER SOCIOECONOMIC
126
The Nonejidatario
135
Conclusion
142
ALCOHOLISM
156
THE FORMATION OF CHARACTER
179
CONCLUSIONS
226
THE INTERPRETATIVE QUESTIONNAIRE
239

Class and Participation in Village Affairs
63
THE THEORY OF CHARACTER
68
Incestuous Ties
76
SCORING AGREEMENT AND
271
BIBLIOGRAPHY
292
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Michael Maccoby has taught at the College of the University of Chicago, The National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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