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Science and the Soviet Social Order


reviewed by James V. Wertsch 1991

coverTitle: Science and the Soviet Social Order
Author(s): Loren R. Graham
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674794206, Pages: 433, Year: 1990
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This is a wonderful volume whose time has certainly come. Glasnost and perestroika have opened up Soviet society to inquiry in ways we have not seen since the 1920s while simultaneously creating an ominous setting for change. In such a time, intelligent analyses of the underlying social and cultural forces shaping the USSR are both more possible and more needed than ever. These forces are currently playing themselves out in ways that no one, including those who have unleashed them, seems to understand, let alone control. Western analyses have focused on how capitalism and democracy might displace centralized authority, but as the unanticipated continues to happen these analyses increasingly appear to be grounded more in misguided theory or ethnocentric wishes than in real understanding. Science and the Soviet Social Order makes a major contribution to our analysis of these events by examining the interplay of Soviet science, technology, society, and culture from... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 93 Number 2, 1991, p. 306-308
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 279, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 9:02:21 PM

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