The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future

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The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future by Margaret Mead

"Occasionally, a book comes along that towers above others. The World Ahead is such a book. . .. Textor shows how Mead was a generation ahead of almost all her contemporaries in understanding the importance of studying the sociocultural future of learning what is possible, probable, and preferable in order to know how life could and should be made better. . .." · Wendell Bell, Yale University
"As protégé and friend of Margaret Mead for the last thirty years of her illustrious life, I welcome Textor's showcase of her various views of the future. Mead was at her best in planning for future generations." · Wilton S. Dillon, Senior Scholar Emeritus, Smithsonian Institute
"[Mead] sought to clarify images of the future as they were current and to articulate images that would be preferable. . .. Textor's commentaries connect these papers and articles in a way that establishes 'the future' as a proper central focus in anthropology. . .." · Reed D. Riner, Northern Arizona University
"A valuable contribution that shows Mead's broad range of future-oriented interests." · Future Survey
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571818188
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/30/2005
Series: Margaret Mead: The Study of Contemporary Western Culture Series , #6
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (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.

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