Sex and Temperament In Three Primitive Societies

ISBN-10: 0060934956

ISBN-13: 9780060934958

Edition: 2002

Authors: Margaret Mead

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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 5.35" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.550

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.

Words for a New Century
Introduction to the Perennial Edition: A Way of Seeing
Preface to the 1950 Edition
Preface to the 1963 Edition
The mountain-dwelling Arapesh
Mountain Life
A Co-operative Society
The Birth of an Arapesh Child
Early Influences That Mould the Arapesh Personality
The Growth and Initiation of an Arapesh Boy
The Growth and Betrothal of an Arapesh Girl
Arapesh Marriage
The Arapesh Ideal and Those Who Deviate from It
The river-dwelling Mundugumor
The Pace of Life in a Cannibal Tribe
The Structure of Mundugumor Society
The Development of the Individual Mundugumor
Youth and Marriage Among the Mundugumor
Deviants from the Mundugumor Ideal
The lake-dwelling Tchambuli
The Pattern of Tchambuli Social Life
The Contrasting Roles of Tchambuli Men and Women
The Unplaced Tchambuli Man and Woman
The implication of these results
The Standardisation of Sex-Temperament
The Deviant
Index and Glossary
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