Beginning Politics in the Reproductive Cycle of Children's Tales and Games in Iran: An [Sic] Historical Inquiry

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Edwin Mellen Press, 1992 - Psychology - 251 pages
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This study focuses on Iranian tales as a medium for the transmission of mode of thought, behavior, and social values in the process of socialization, and in the social reproduction of the superstructure. Comparisons with Turkey, China and Arab countries isolate a complex of motifs that occur only in Iranian tales, and then treat the relation of these pertinent motifs with Iran's socio-historical reality. The historical development of Chess, one of the oldest games popular among Iranians, and its impact on their socialization process is also discussed. The inquiry concludes by comparing the historical process of social rise and the social ambitions of the Iranian political elite on the basis of the games and tales they are brought up with.

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Contents

One Introduction
1
Two An Analysis of some Iranian Tales
15
Three A Comparison with Arab Turkish and Chinese Tales
39
Four The Trilateral Motif Complex in SocioHistorical Reality
47
Five Historical Roots of the Persislamic Character
77
Six Iranian Childrens Games and and
99
Seven The Promotion of the Pawn Social Mobility
113
Oedipus Complex in Chess a Eurocentrist Bias
151
Eight Quinquilateral Motif Complex
171
Nine Epilogue
205
Bibliography
227
Index
243
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