Growing up in New Guinea A Comparative Study of Primitive Education

ISBN-10: 0688178111
ISBN-13: 9780688178116
Edition: 2001
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List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 2/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.31" wide x 8.00" long x 0.69" tall
Weight: 0.550
Language: English

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.

Margaret Mead, an American anthropologist, was for most of her life the most illustrious curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. She was famed not only as an anthropologist but also as a public figure, a popularizer of the social sciences, and an analyst of American society. While at Columbia University, she was a student of Franz Boas, whose teaching assistant, Ruth Benedict, became one of Mead's closest colleagues and friends; after Benedict's death, Mead became her first biographer and the custodian of her field notes and papers. Mead's early research in Samoa led to her best selling book, "Coming of Age in Samoa" (1928); it also led, after her death, to a well-publicized attack on her work by the Australian anthropologist Derek Freeman. Her importance was not damaged by his book; in fact, there is probably a greater awareness today of the important role that she played in twentieth-century intellectual history as an advocate of tolerance, education, civil liberties, world peace, and the worldwide ecumenical movement within Christianity. She was an active and devout Episcopalian throughout her life. On January 6, 1979, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

Acknowledgements
Words for a New Century
Introduction to the Perennial Classics Edition
Preface for the 1975 Edition
Growing up in Manus Society
Introduction
Scenes from Manus Life
Early Education
The Family Life
The Child and the Adult Social Life
The Child and the Supernatural
The Child's World
The Development of Personality
Manus Attitudes Towards Sex
The Adolescent Girl
The Adolescent Boy
The Triumph of the Adults
Reflections on the Educational Problems of To-day in the Light of Manus Experience
Bequeathing Our Tradition Graciously
Education and Personality
Giving Scope to the Imagination
The Child's Dependence upon Tradition
Appendices
The Ethnological Approach to Social Psychology
Ethnographic Notes on the Manus Peoples
Culture Contact in Manus
Observances Connected with Pregnancy, Birth, and Care of Infants
Diagram of the Village Showing House Ownership, Clan Membership, Residence
Views of the Village as Seen by Two Children, Aged Five and Eleven, and Explanatory Comments
A Sample Legend
Analysis of the Composition of the Peri Population
Record Sheets Used in Gathering Material
Map Showing Position of the Admiralty Islands
Map Showing Position of the Manus Villages
Index and Glossary

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