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Margaret Mead wrote this comprehensive sketch of the culture of the United States -- the first since de Tocqueville -- in 1942 at the beginning of the Second World War, when Americans were confronted by foreign powers from both Europe and Asia in a particularly challenging manner. Mead's work became an instant classic. It was required reading for anthropology students for nearly two decades, and was widely translated. It was revised and expanded in 1965 for a second generation of readers. Among the more controversial conclusions of her analysis are the denial of class as a motivating force in American culture, and her contention that culture is the primary determinant for individual character formation. Her process remains lucid, vivid, and arresting. As a classic study of a complex western society, it remains a monument to anthropological analysis.
The autobiography of a pioneer, this is Margaret Mead's story of her life as a woman and as an anthropologist. An enduring cultural icon, she came to represent the new woman, successfully combining motherhood with career, and scholarship with concern for its role in the lives of ordinary people.
Studies of today's children by the famous anthropologist.
The author explores the conflicts in generations and how the ideas of the 1970s are causing changes in the 1980s.
Case studies of the socialization of children in New Guinea.
Margaret Mead offers a deeply insightful portrait of a woman who overcame the barriers of sexism to become one of the most compelling intellectual figures in twentieth-century American life.
Margaret Mead's analysis of sex and gender from anthropological research in three New Guinea tribes.
These essays are personal responses to events at different moments in time; as such, they reflect changes through which all of us have been living. However, they are grouped here not sequentially but in accordance with the standpoint from which they were written.