Anthropologist Looks at Western Culture

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Few anthropologists today realize the pioneering role Margaret Mead played in the investigation of contemporary cultures. This volume collects and presents a variety of her essays on research methodology relating to contemporary culture. Many of these essays were printed originally in limited circulation journals, research reports and books edited by others. They reflect Mead's continuing commitment to searching out methods for studying and extending the anthropologist's tools of investigation for use in complex societies. Essays on American and European societies, intergenerational relations, architecture and social space, industrialization, and interracial relations are included in this varied and exciting collection.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571818157
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Margaret Mead Series
  • Pages: 304

Table of Contents

Series Preface
Introduction to this edition
Pt. 1 Anthropology as a Discipline
Towards a Human Science 3
Talks with Social Scientists: Margaret Mead on what is a culture? what is a civilization? 16
Anthropologist and Historian: Their Common Problems 28
Changing Styles of Anthropological Work 40
Pt. 2 Social Theory in the Study of Contemporary Culture
Methodology in Racial Testing: Its Significance for Sociology 77
The Study of National Character 87
The Swaddling Hypothesis: iIs Reception 110
Some Cultural Approaches to Communication Problems 129
A Case History in Cross-National Communications 144
Adolescence in Primitive and Modern Society: The New Generation 162
Our Educational Emphasis in Primitive Perspectives 181
Early Childhood Experience and Later Education in Complex Cultures 192
Pt. 3 Perspectives on Contemporary Society
From Plight to Power: Youth as a Political and Economic Force 225
Religion in the Melting Pot: Religion and our Racial Tensions 237
The Contemporary American Family as an Anthropologist Sees It 250
Sex and Censorship in Contemporary Society 261
Sexual Behavior: An Anthropologist looks at the [Kinsey] Report 278
Jealousy: Primitive and Civilized 288
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2004

    Truth from beyond the grave

    I was astonished at this collection of unknown writings by the late, great anthropologist, Margaret Mead. The author and publisher have done an amazing service to the world by providing these dead-on, insightful readings, mostly (but not exclusively) about American culture--marriage, family, war, violence, old age--it is all here. Some of the pictures of American life are so true, they are almost painful. Have we learned nothing about ourselves in the last fifty years? The publisher now has a whole series of these forgotten writings by Margaret Mead. People need her now more than ever.

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