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By Gregory Bateson, Margaret Mead, Wilbur G. Valentine

By way of advantage of its targeted approach to presentation, this pretty and distinguished
book, commemorating the one hundred and twenty fifth anniversary of the founding of the hot York Academy
of Sciences, is either a source-book and a succinct interpretation of the tradition of Bali.
It offers over seven hundred candid images chosen from 25,000 Leica negatives, in a
highly prepared and built-in representation of definite significant beneficial properties of Balinese life.
These are observed by way of explanatory reviews, sometimes by means of excerpts from notes
made parallel to the taking of the images, and through interpretative summaries pointing
out the relationships among photos grouped jointly. The checklist of “visual and
kinaesthetic studying” illustrates the original contribution of the photographic document
at its top. right here the empathy-stimulating caliber of the images, their shiny detail
and beneficiant sequences, hold the reader right into a concrete event of training-inthe-culture
which verbal fabric couldn't provide. The 2 hundred pages of plates and commentary
are preceded via an essay on Balinese personality by means of Mead, in descriptive and interpretative
form. This end-result of remark, association, and research is thus
brought into relation to the pictures.

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Some major qualifications should, however, be noted: the fusion of the two traditions was a more complex and context-bound process than earlier interpretations would lead us to think; it took longer, its course seems less predetermined, and the result is more problematic. But before going on to substantiate these claims, some more general questions about tradition, modernity and their interconnections must be raised. Arguments about the presence of the Russian past within the Soviet model touch upon some central problems of social theory, and a more explicit reference to this context may help to clarify the issues.

The autocratic centre was the core of a power apparatus and the mainstay of state control over society, but at the same time, its disproportionate strength could become a threat to the stability and selfreproduction of the traditional order; it could also be mobilized for the purposes of a revolution from above and a correspondingly radical reconstitution of the power élite. This structural lability, due to the very factors which had most effectively furthered the growth of the Muscovite state, was also a built-in opportunity for individual experiments with the possibilities of autocracy.

The re-traditionalizing turn is based on an internalization of the past, rather than a controlled and strategic use of its legacy, and in this context, the self-defeating excesses of Stalin’s offensive against Soviet society are no less significant than its more realistic goals. From the second point of view, the connection between the Soviet model and the Russian tradition is primarily instrumental. The internal logic of the new regime determines its relationship to the past; more specifically, the needs and problems of the former can lead to a selective revival of some aspects of the past and to the suppression of others.

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