World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

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Born in the first year of the 20th century, it is fitting that Margaret Mead should have been one of the first anthropologists to use anthropological analysis to study the future course of human civilization. This volume collects, for the first time, her writings on the future of humanity and how humans can shape that future through purposeful action. For Mead, the study of the future was born out of her lifelong interest in processes of change. Many of these papers were originally published as conference proceedings or in limited-circulation journals, testimony before government bodies and chapters in works edited by others. They show Mead's wisdom, prescience and concern for the future of humanity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571818171
  • Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Margaret Mead Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.82 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Series preface
Introduction 1
Twenty-five writings and lectures
1943 : the family in the future 35
1945 : human differences and world order 55
1950 : unique possibilities of the melting pot 65
1962 : the psychology of warless man 75
1963a : beyond the nuclear family 85
1963b : patterns of worldwide cultural change in the 1960s 91
1966a : one world - but which language? 111
1966b : the university and institutional change 119
1967 : changing cultural patterns of work and leisure 131
1968a : New Year's - a universal birthday 163
1968b : alternatives to war 169
1968c : the crucial role of the small city in meeting the urban crisis 185
1968d : statement [on aging and retirement] 209
1968e : some social consequences of a guaranteed income 227
1969 : man on the moon 247
1970a : education for humanity 253
1970b : Kalinga prize acceptance speech 263
1971 : a note on contributions of anthropology to the science of the future 271
1973a : the kind of city we want 277
1973b : prospects for world harmony 285
1974a : opening address [to the Society for General Systems Research] 291
1974b : changing perspectives on modernization 299
1974c : ways to deal with the current social transformation 315
1975 : discussion [about how anthropologists can perform better in applied roles] 321
1977 : our open-ended future 329
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