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Social Character in a Mexican Village

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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 so ...more
Paperback, 303 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Transaction Publishers (first published January 1st 1970)
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This was a very interesting study; I had been desiring to read it for years. I must say I was a bit surprised at the findings, that so few (i.e. single-digit percentages) of the villagers interviewed for the data that went into Fromm & Maccoby's conclusions were found to have radical character structures, or anti-authoritarian/democratic ones. I am a bit skeptical because I think there is a considerable element of urban bias, as historians of socialism will now, which manifests itself in the ...more
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Erich Fromm was a German-born U.S. psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. His works include The Art of Loving; Love, Sexuality, and Matriarchy; and Man for Himself. He died in 1980.

Fromm's theory is a rather unique blend of Freud and Marx. Freud, of course, emphasized the unconscious, biological drives, repression, and so on. In other word
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