Anthropologist Looks at Western Culture

Anthropologist Looks at Western Culture

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571818164
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/15/2003
Series: Margaret Mead Series
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Margaret Mead served as Curator of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1925 to 1969. She began her career with a study of youth and adolescence in Samoan society, published as Coming of Age in Samoa (1928). She published prolifically, becoming a seminal figure in anthropology, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1979.

Table of Contents

Series Preface

William O. Beeman

Introduction to this edition

William O. Beeman

PART I: ANTHROPOLOGY AS A DISCIPLINE

Chapter 1. Towards a Human Science

Chapter 2. Talks with Social Scientists: Margaret Mead on What is a Culture? What is a Civilization?

Chapter 3. Anthropologist and Historian: Their Common Problems

Chapter 4. Changing Styles of Anthropological Work

PART II: SOCIAL THEORY IN THE STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY CULTURE

Chapter 5. Methodology in Racial Testing: Its Significance for Sociology

Chapter 6. The Study of National Character

Chapter 7. The Swaddling Hypothesis: iIs Reception

Chapter 8. Some Cultural Approaches to Communication Problems

Chapter 9. A Case History in Cross-National Communications

Chapter 10. Adolescence in Primitive and Modern Society: The New Generation

Chapter 11. Our Educational Emphasis in Primitive Perspectives

Chapter 12. Early Childhood Experience and Later Education in Complex Cultures

PART III: PERSPECTIVES ON CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY

Chapter 13. From Plight to Power: Youth as a Political and Economic Force

Chapter 14. Religion in the Melting Pot: Religion and our Racial Tensions

Chapter 15. The Contemporary American Family as an Anthropologist Sees It

Chapter 16. Sex and Censorship in Contemporary Society

Chapter 17. Sexual Behavior: An Anthropologist looks at the [Kinsey] Report

Chapter 18. Jealousy: Primitive and Civilized

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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.