ERIC Number: ED053013
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
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Two Worlds of Childhood: U.S. and U.S.S.R.
Bronfenbrenner, Urie; Condry, John C., Jr.
Drawing on cross-cultural research data and related findings, this book presents a comparative examination of the socialization process in the Soviet Union and the United States, and relates the findings to the present and future societies at large. It begins with descriptive facts, examines their implications in light of data and theory from the social sciences, and ends with a blueprint for change within our own society. The socialization process is analyzed as it occurs in a series of social contexts beginning with the family, then proceeding to other settings such as preschool centers, children's groups, classrooms, neighborhoods, communities, and the nation as a whole. In terms of socialization, the major difference between the two cultures lies in the contrast between a collective centered and family-centered system of child rearing. The first chapters consider the role of family and collective settings in the Soviet Union and their psychological implications. The remainder of the book considers American approaches to socialization, identifying and describing the major environmental influences on the behavior and development of children, and their increasing importance. The author concludes that the rather different Soviet approach to socialization has significance for our own problems. (Author/JLB)
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Child Rearing, Collective Settlements, Communism, Comparative Education, Cross Age Teaching, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Day Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Family Role, Parent Attitudes, Parent Child Relationship, Social Development, Social Influences, Social Problems, Social Sciences, Socialization
Russell Sage Foundation, 230 Park Avenue, New York, New York 10017 ($7.95)
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Authoring Institution: Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY.
Identifiers: United States; USSR