Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who was a prominent figure in the field of anthropology. She is best known for her studies of the peoples of Oceania and her contributions to the understanding of human development and culture.


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  1. 1. Coming of Age in Samoa

    "Coming of Age in Samoa" is a groundbreaking anthropological study that explores adolescence, sexuality, and social norms in Samoan society. The author lived among the Samoans in the 1920s, observing and recording their way of life, particularly focusing on the experiences of teenage girls. The book challenges Western views on sexual morality and the nature versus nurture debate, suggesting that culture plays a significant role in adolescent development and behavior. The author's observations indicate that Samoan teenagers face less stress and confusion than their American counterparts, largely due to their society's relaxed attitudes towards sex and clear societal roles.

    The 1233rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Blackberry Winter

    "Blackberry Winter" is an autobiographical work that delves into the life and intellectual journey of a pioneering cultural anthropologist. The narrative weaves through her early years, marked by a liberal upbringing and education, and follows her as she challenges societal norms and embarks on groundbreaking fieldwork. The book reflects on her personal and professional experiences, including her influential studies of South Pacific and Southeast Asian cultures, which helped shape the field of anthropology. It also explores her views on gender roles, child-rearing practices, and cultural dynamics, offering insights into the author's contributions to social science and her reflections on a life of scholarship and activism.

    The 3481st Greatest Book of All Time