Coming of Age in Samoa A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

ISBN-10: 0688050336

ISBN-13: 9780688050337

Edition: 2001

Authors: Margaret Mead
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Description: 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.

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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Words for a New Century
Introduction to the Perennial Classics Edition
Foreword
Preface to the 1973 Edition
Introduction
A Day in Samoa
The Education of the Samoan Child
The Samoan Household
The Girl and Her Age Group
The Girl in the Community
Formal Sex Relations
The Role of the Dance
The Attitude Towards Personality
The Experience and Individuality of the Average Girl
The Girl in Conflict
Maturity and Old Age
Our Educational Problems in the Light of Samoan Contrasts
Education for Choice
Notes to Chapters
Methodology of This Study
Samoan Civilisation as It Is To-day
The Mentally Defective and the Mentally Diseased
Materials upon Which the Analysis Is Based
Sample Record Sheet
Table I. Showing Menstrual History, Sex Experience and Residence in Pastor's Household
Table II. Family Structure, and Analysis of Table
Intelligence Tests Used
Check List Used in Investigation of Each Girl's Experience
Index and Glossary
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