Comparison Of Margaret Mead's "Coming In Age" To Russian Youth



In an attempt to challenge societal values, youth cultures, in the form
of rebellion, act and dress radically and form groups in protest. These
dissident actions against the structure of existing society promotes the
beginning of new small groups which reflect their own rules, structures,
class, gender and ethnic ideologies. So, the youth culture, in challenging
societal values, at the same time is reflecting them.

In comparing Margaret Mead's young adults in Coming of Age in Samoa to
Russian youth it is evident where the differences arise. The Samoans
strong cultural values leave little need for individual expression.

Expectations of the children change as they get older. ...

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culture or group that they can identify with.

Often society depicts these groups as dangerous, deviant and
delinquent. These groups, however, just show many of the valued structures
of society, but in a more radical way. They have a standard code of dress,
values, ethics and rebel in order to force their ideas onto the public and
to feel part of a recognizable group.

Margaret Mead noticed little individual differences among the Samoans.
"We have seen that the Samoans have a low level of appreciation of
personality differences" (Mead, 1973, 161). The Samoan's strong cultural
and family traditional values do not allow for individualism. In comparison,
Soviet youth express their individualism through youth cultures such as
punk, 'metallist' hard-rock groups and "golden youth". Although they feel
they are expressing individuality through these groups, they are actually
fitting into different structures, values and in fact, a totally different
societal group.

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in controlled state, the more of the general
cultural attitude it will absorb and the less of a disturbing element it
will become (Mead, 1973, 163).

In recent years, with Russian urbanization, family has become limited
to parents and their children. They have more material goods but lose out
socially and emotionally (Wilson, 1988, 28). From a young child nursery
schools or kindergarten have taken over previous parental obligations. The
schools help them do morning exercises. It feeds them, takes them out for
walks, puts them to bed, teaches them to keep things tidy, paint, model,
read, write, sing and dance. It also teaches them to be kind, considerate
and honest, organizes ...

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