The raw material for these vignettes came from hundreds of interviews with Soviet refugees, conducted by the Harvard Refugee Interview Project in 1950-1951. These data were later supported by work at the Harvard Russian Research Center and at the M.I.T. Center for International Studies, and from information from the Soviet press.These nine Soviet portraits are of role-types of Russians in the middle ranks of Soviet society in the post-war era. Dr. Bauer believes that this is the crucial group to examine in order to appreciate the problems of social control in the Soviet Union.
The focus of this volume is nothing less than the entire set of social indicators -- statistics, statistical series, and all other forms of evidence -- that enable us to assess where we stand and where we are going with respect to our values and goals and to evaluate specific programs and determine their impact.