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The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy
     

The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy

by Paul Shankman, Paul S. Boyer
 

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In 1928 Margaret Mead published Coming of Age in Samoa, a fascinating study of the lives of adolescent girls that transformed Mead herself into an academic celebrity. In 1983 anthropologist Derek Freeman published a scathing critique of Mead’s Samoan research, badly damaging her reputation. Resonating beyond academic circles, his case against Mead

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