Margaret Mead Coming of Age in America

Margaret Mead Coming of Age in America

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The American anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was barely 24 years old when she left New York to study the natives of Samoa, New Guinea, and other remote Pacific islands. Anthropological research to her was not a dull academic discipline but an adventure in which every little detail, from Balinese ritual dances to Polynesian tattooing, held enormous fascination. Her 1928 book--Coming of Age in Samoa--made her both famous and controversial. She boldly challenged the most deeply ingrained principles of the Western way of life: family structure, education, and child-rearing. When she died in 1978, a Pacific tribe she befriended held a five-day ceremony in her honor normally reserved for their greatest chiefs. Joan Mark guides us through the most exciting anthropological discoveries of the 20th century while following Margaret Meads many triumphs around the globe in quick-paced, engrossing prose that reads like an adventure story. Oxford Portraits in Science is an ongoing series of scientific biographies. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technical information with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 197.1 x 242.6 x 15.5mm | 577.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0195116798
  • 9780195116793
  • 1,986,291

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"Well researched, lively, and provocative. An insert explains thefour subfields of anthropology and plenty of photographs, maps, and facsimile documents provide background information. An extensive list of further reading."--School Library Journal"An engaging, informative account of the life and works of the influential, pioneering anthropologist... The reader-friendly prose is peppered with fascinating anecdotes and photos... An insightful, well-rounded profile that also introduces readers to the field of anthropology... An important lesson in cultural diversity."--Booklist"Mead's remarkable 50 years of work are retold in this inspiring biography...This study of Margaret Mead's life is critical to current social dialogue on how to promote tolerance and eliminate stereotypes between the races and sexes; perhaps Mark's work, already a great introduction to Mead's own writings, will become required reading for America's youth."--Kirkus Reviews"This engaging biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential women has the depth of detail needed to attract older readers, along with plenty of quotes and boxed enrichment sections."--The Horn Book Guideshow more

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