Coming of Age in Samoa

A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

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Author: Margaret Mead

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062566091

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 256

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Rarely do science and literature come together in the same book. When they do -- as in Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, for example -- they become classics, quoted and studied by scholars and the general public alike. Margaret Mead accomplished this remarkable feat not once but several times, beginning with Coming of Age in Samoa. It details her historic journey to American Samoa, taken where she was just twenty-three, where she did her first fieldwork. Here, for the first time, she presented to the public the idea that the individual experience of developmental stages could be shaped by cultural demands and expectations. Adolescence, she wrote, might be more or less stormy, and sexual development more or less problematic in different cultures. The "civilized" world, she taught us had much to learn from the "primitive." Now this groundbreaking, beautifully written work as been reissued for the centennial of her birth, featuring introductions by Mary Pipher and by Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson.

Coming of Age in American Anthropology

Margaret Mead and Paradise

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Author: Malopa'upo Isaia

Publisher: Universal-Publishers

ISBN: 9781581128451

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 299

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This is the book, & a must read, of the century. It's anthropological history in the re-making. The American Anthropological best seller, the "Coming of age in Samoa" by Margaret Mead, has now been challenged by a descendant of the Tuimanu'a, the Paramount traditional ruler of the group of Islands where Margaret Mead centred her 'anthropological' claims. Chief Malopa'upo Isaia, a descendant of the Tuimanu'a (king of Manu'a), the very people in Margaret Mead's book, has now raised some very serious traditional & legal issues, in relation to Margaret Mead's book, Columbia University's role, & the American Anthropological Association's 'professional' role. In his book, "Coming of age in American Anthropology", the Chief is now ordering the removal, withdrawal, & the disassociation, of every material by Margaret Mead on his cultural intellectual property. He has also outlined several legal issues which will have serious ramifications globally, on any academic who undertakes any cultural fieldwork, on someone else's cultural intellectual property. The "Coming of age in American Anthropology", may well opens the floodgate to civil lawsuits from the two Samoan Governments for billions of dollars in damages to the business community, the Tourism Industry of Samoa, & from the descendants of the King of Manu'a. It is definitely the case of the century, & a must read for all students of anthropology, psychology, sociology, & law. Chief Malopa'upo Isaia is a name to watch for, as his work will without a doubt change the face of American Anthropology forever.

Margaret Mead

Coming of Age in America

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Author: Joan Mark

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190283491

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 112

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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.

Coming of Age in Anthropology

Commentaries on Growing up in the Global Village

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Author: Pamela J Peck

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 1426948212

Category: Social Science

Page: 176

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In the early twentieth century, anthropologist Margaret Mead wrote a seminal book called Coming of Age in Samoa, followed by a second ethnography called Growing Up in New Guinea. Now, anthropologist Pamela Peck borrows from these titles for her latest book, Coming of Age in Anthropology. The similarity is intentional and goes beyond a simple play on words; in less than a century, the world has transformed from a globe of villages to a global village. Whereas before we could go about our lives without much concern for people on the other side of the planet, we are now forced to recognize that the world is one interrelated and interdependent social system. It is time to come of age in this new global reality, and anthropology, as the study of humankind, is particularly suited to the task. With this goal in mind, Dr. Peck offers twenty commentaries, selected from the many talks she has delivered to audiences over a period spanning three decades, critically examining our economic, political and ideological institutions so that we might better decide how to have a world. The choice, she states, is clear: either we learn to grow up together, or we do not get to grow up at all.

Euphoria

Roman

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Author: Lily King

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 3406682049

Category: Fiction

Page: 262

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Von realen Ereignissen im Leben der berühmten Ethnologin Margaret Mead inspiriert, erzählt Lily King in diesem grandiosen, spannenden und sinnlichen Roman ebenso anschaulich wie klug von Besitz und Begierde, Entdeckung und Macht, Liebe und Herrschaft. Neuguinea, Anfang der 1930er Jahre. Drei junge Ethnologen – die schon berühmte und faszinierende Amerikanerin Nell Stone, ihr Mann Fen und der Brite Andrew Bankson – stoßen nach Jahren einsamer Feldforschung aufeinander und entwickeln eine leidenschaftliche Dreiecksbeziehung. Erschöpft von den Versuchen, etwas Verwertbares über die Stämme am Sepikfluss herauszufinden, gelangen die drei Forscher zu den Tam, einem weiblich dominierten Stamm mit ungewohnten Ritualen. Während sie immer tiefer in das Leben der Tam eindringen, werden auch ihre unterschiedlichen Wünsche und Interessen immer deutlicher, die erotische Anziehung zwischen Nell Stone und Andrew Bankson immer intensiver. Schließlich schreitet Fen zu einer dramatischen Aktion mit tragischem Ausgang für alle.

Growing Up in New Guinea

A Comparative Study of Primitive Education

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Author: Margaret Mead

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 006256613X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Following the sensational success of her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead continued her brilliant work in Growing Up in New Guinea, detailing her study of the Manus, a New Guinea people still untouched by the outside world when she visited them in 1928. She lived in their noisy fishing village at a pivotal time -- after warfare had vanished but before missions and global commerce had begun to change their lives. She developed fascinating insights into their family lives, exploring their attitudes toward sex, marriage, the rearing of children, and the supernatural, which led her to see intriguing parallels with modern Western society. Reissued for the centennial of her birth and featuring introductions by Howard Gardner and Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, this book offers important anthropological insights into human societies and vividly captures a vanished way of life.

Adolescent Storm and Stress

An Evaluation of the Mead-freeman Controversy

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Author: James E. C“t‚,James E. Cote

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 1134782810

Category: Psychology

Page: 200

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In 1928, Margaret Mead published her first book, entitled Coming of Age in Samoa, in which she described to the Western world an exotic culture where people "came of age" with a minimum of "storm and stress." In 1983, Derek Freeman, an Australian anthropologist, published a book in which he systematically attacked Mead's conclusions about that culture and the way people came of age. Since then, a great deal of attention has been directed toward the Mead-Freeman controversy. This book contributes to that controversy and to the general understanding of adolescent storm and stress by undertaking an interdisciplinary analysis of Freeman's criticisms and an assessment of the plausibility of Mead's work. Addressing the issue of what has become of Mead's Samoa of the 1920s, this book historically tracks the nature of the "coming of age in Samoa" to the present, in order to give the reader an understanding of the circumstances confronting young people in contemporary Samoa. It shows that Mead's Samoa has been lost; what was once a place in which most young people came of age with relative ease has become a place where young people experience great difficulty in terms of finding a place in their society, to the point where they currently have one of the highest suicide rates in the world. While much has been written about this controversy during the past decade, a gap exists in the sense that most of the publicity about Mead's work has missed her main focus concerning the processes governing the "coming of age" of her informants. A valuable historical document and a pioneering study, Mead's book anticipated changes that are still unfolding today in the field of human development. The preoccupation with issues tangential to her main focus--issues involving the Samoan ethos and character--have not only diverted a clear analysis of Mead's work, they have also led to the creation of a number of myths and misconceptions about Mead and her book. The author also has an interest in Mead's original focus on the relative impact of biological and cultural influences in shaping the behavior of those coming of age--in all societies. Despite what has been said by her critics, not only was this a crucial issue during the time of her study, but it is also an issue that is now just beginning to be understood some 60 years later. In addition, the issue of biology versus culture--the so-called nature-nurture debate--carries with it many political implications. In the case of the Mead-Freeman controversy, this political agenda looms large--an agenda which is clearly spelled out in this book.

The Languages of Difference

American Writers and Anthropologists Reconfigure the Primitive, 1878-1940

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Author: Ronald E. Martin

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 9780874139044

Category: History

Page: 280

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Focusing on American culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, The Languages of Difference studies the pervasive and potent notion of the primitive - a notion with dubious colonialist backgrounds and intricate involvement with ideas of color and race, civilization and culture. Human difference and the relationship to the Other were highstakes issues both globally and within societies like the U.S., but this key defining term, the primitive, often provided only a crude amalgam of perceived difference, ethnic and personal bias, and indiscriminate classification of a variety of unfamiliar customs and characteristics. Its uses and significations, like the attitudes it projected, were various and changing.

On Creating a Usable Culture

Margaret Mead and the Emergence of American Cosmopolitanism

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Author: Maureen Molloy

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

ISBN: 0824831160

Category: Social Science

Page: 200

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Margaret Mead's career took off in 1928 with the publication of 'Coming of Age in Samoa'. In this book, Maureen Molloy explores how Mead was influenced by, and influenced, the meaning of American culture and secured for herself a unique place in the American popular imagination.

Perspectives in Cultural Anthropology

Samuel Beckett and the Cultural Politics of the Modern Novel

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Author: Herbert A. Applebaum

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780887064388

Category: Social Science

Page: 614

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Designed as a reader for courses, this anthology presents an array of theories and interpretations in the field of modern cultural anthropology. It provides a deeper understanding of the major theoretical orientations which have historically guided and currently guide anthropological research.

Quest for the Real Samoa

The Mead-Freeman Controversy and Beyond

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Author: Lowell D. Holmes

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 0897891627

Category: Social Science

Page: 211

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Mr. Holmes' study is . . . the basic stuff of competent ethnography, that combination of science and art in which the details of daily life are systematically observed, analyzed and constructed into a cultural account. . . He concludes that Margaret Mead was essentially correct in her depiction of coming of age in Samoa in 1925, concerned as she was to compare it with adolescence in the United States at that time. "New York Times Book RevieW" Thanks to Holmes' compelling review of the great debate, ' we see all these things] more clearly because he is acting as more than just an informed guide to the facts and the issues; he is providing an insightful exposition on the nature of anthropological inquiry. "Science Book & Films"

Coming of Age in Shakespeare

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Author: Marjorie Garber

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135201404

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

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Marjorie Garber examines the rites of passage and maturation patterns--"coming of age"--in Shakespeare's plays. Citing examples from virtually the entire Shakespeare canon, she pays particular attention to the way his characters grow and change at points of personal crisis. Among the crises Garber discusses are: separation from parent or sibling in preparation for sexual love and the choice of husband or wife; the use of names and nicknames as a sign of individual exploits or status; virginity, sexual initiation and the acceptance of sexual maturity, childbearing and parenthood; and, finally, attitudes toward death and dying.

Coming of Age

The Sexual Awakening of Margaret Mead

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Author: Deborah Beatriz Blum

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466859490

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

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The startling coming-of-age story of famed anthropologist Margaret Mead whose radical ideas challenged the social and sexual norms of her time. The story begins in 1923, when twenty-two year old Margaret Mead is living in New York City, engaged to her childhood sweetheart and on the verge of graduating from college. Seemingly a conventional young lady, she marries, but shocks friends when she decides to keep her maiden name. After starting graduate school at Columbia University, she does the unthinkable: she first enters into a forbidden relationship with a female colleague, then gets caught up in an all-consuming and secret affair with a brilliant older man. As her sexual awakening continues, she discovers it is possible to be in love with more than one person at the same time. While Margaret’s personal explorations are just beginning, her interest in distant cultures propels her into the new field of anthropology. Ignoring the constraints put on women, she travels alone to a tiny speck of land in the South Pacific called Samoa to study the sexual behavior of adolescent girls. Returning home on an ocean liner nine months later, a chance encounter changes the course of her life forever. Now, drawing on letters, diaries, and memoirs, Deborah Beatriz Blum reconstructs these five transformative years of Margaret Mead’s life, before she became famous, revealing the story that she hid from the world –during her lifetime and beyond.

Reading Benedict / Reading Mead

Feminism, Race, and Imperial Visions

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Author: Dolores Janiewski,Lois W. Banner

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801879753

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 296

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Prominent international scholars explore the lives, works, and legacies of two influential figures in American anthropology. The essays provide a useful and provocative introduction to Benedict and Mead as well as to the ongoing debate about the legacy they left behind.

Kindheit und Jugend auf Samoa - M. Mead und ihre Forschung

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Author: Marlen Schieler

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3638451011

Category: Social Science

Page: 28

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Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Ethnologie / Volkskunde, Note: 2.0, Universität Bayreuth, Veranstaltung: Pädagogik im Kulturvergleich, 12 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Erziehung - ein vieldiskutiertes Thema in der heutigen Zeit. Wie entwickelt sich der Mensch, was kann Erziehung dabei bewirken und was steht schon unabänderlich fest? Diese und andere Fragen beschäftigen die Wissenschaft seit langem. Auch Margaret Mead hat sich hierfür interessiert und zu diesem Zeck eine von der amerikanischen Gesellschaft vollkommen verschiedene Kultur, nämlich die der Samoaner, untersucht. Ihr Anliegen war vor allem herauszufinden, ob die in Amerika für junge Menschen so problematische Phase der Adoleszenz notgedrungen eine so schwere Zeit sein muss. Die Ergebnisse dieser Forschung veröffentlichte Mead 1928 in ihrem Buch „Coming of Age in Samoa“, dass ein Bestseller wurde und „Meads Weltruf als Anthropologin einleitete“. Allerdings gab es auch immer wieder kritische Stimmen, vor allem ab 1983, als die so genannte „Samoa-Kontroverse“, die sich „mittlerweile zu einem Dauerstreit in der Ethnologie entwickelt hat“2, ihren Anfang nahm. Ausgelöst wurde sie durch den neuseeländischen Ethnologen Derek Freeman, der vor allem Meads grundlegende Annahme, der Mensch sei bei seiner Geburt ein unbeschriebenes Blatt und somit ließe sich durch kulturelle Einflüsse und Erziehung eine bessere Gesellschaft konstruieren, attackiert, jedoch auch ihre gesamte Samoa-Darstellung kritisch hinterfragt. Das gewählte Thema ist äußerst komplex, besonders wenn man die Samoa-Kontroverse näher betrachtet. Insofern werden in der vorliegenden Arbeit einige Aspekte ausgewählt und näher betrachtet, da eine vollständige Untersuchung den Rahmen einer Hausarbeit sprengen würde. Hier soll es um die Frage gehen, wie das Ergebnis von Meads Forschung in Bezug auf Kindheit und Jugend in Samoa sowie ihre Hauptthesen aussehen und inwieweit dieses Ergebnis der Wahrheit über die tatsächliche Lebensweise junger Samoanerinnen entspricht. Zu diesem Zweck wird zunächst ein Eindruck von dem Alltag und der Erziehung in Samoa, ausgehend von Meads Schilderungen, gegeben. Im Anschluss daran werden die Voraussetzungen und Ausgangsthesen Meads, mit denen sie ihre Forschungsreise antrat, sowie ihre aus der Forschung resultierenden Endthesen genauer betrachtet. Dann wird ihr gesamtes Forschungsprojekt mitsamt seinen Ergebnissen unter Einbeziehung Derek Freemans kritisch betrachtet (ohne jedoch näher auf die Kontroverse einzugehen) und auf seinen Wahrheitsgehalt hin geprüft, bevor abschliessend die wichtigsten Punkte dieser Arbeit noch einmal zusammengefasst werden.

The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead

A Historical Analysis of Her Samoan Research

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Author: Derek Freeman

Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 279

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A work of historical detection invalidates Mead's antievolutionary anthropoligical paradigm, revealing it to be based on the mischievous joking of Mead's native traveling companions

Ozeanische Affekte

die literarische Modellierung Samoas im kolonialen Diskurs

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Author: Thomas Schwarz

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783942151832

Category: German literature

Page: 296

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