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Lucian Pye

- September 12, 2008

Lucian Pye has died. He was a former president of the American Political Science Association, among other things. The New York times obituary is here. The announcement from MIT is here. An 1988 overview of his scholarly contributions is here (gated).

Pye’s mode of scholarship, focused on political culture, psychology, and psychoanalysis, is not much in vogue these days. But there is still truth in this statement from his 1971 book, Politics, Personality, and Nation-Building:

bq. Fundamentally, the hope for transitional peoples resides in their quests for new collective as well as individual identities. Their development hinges on their capacity to finding meaning in a fusion of what we have called traditional and modern modes of action, a fusion of world culture and their own historical cultures.