Kibbutz: Venture in Utopia

Kibbutz: Venture in Utopia

Kibbutz: Venture in Utopia

Kibbutz: Venture in Utopia

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This is an anthropological study of Kiryat Yedidim, the fictitious name of a collective settlement (kibbutz) in Israel. Although in itself but a modest investigation of the culture of one kibbutz, this book is intended as a case study in the possibilities of social cooperation. The author's interest in this subject was first aroused while conducting field work among the cooperative people of Ifaluk, an atoll in the Central Carolines in Micronesia. It was then that he became eager to explore, in a modern society, the nascent and barely formulated notions concerning cooperation and aggression that he had derived from his research in this "primitive" society. The kibbutz suggested itself almost immediately as the locus for such a project. It could not only satisfy his curiosity concerning social cooperation and aggression, but it would offer a unique opportunity to investigate the ontogenetic development of aggressive and cooperative behavior within a novel socialization context-- collective education. As a case study it is the author's hope that this volume be not only an honest portrayal of Kiryat Yedidim but that, like any useful case study, it achieve its aim of illuminating the universal through an examination of the particular.

All statements in this book which have reference to Israeli politics or to the Israel Government refer to conditions prior to the 1955 national elections. Since then there have been new political alignments, and a new Government has been formed.

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