Male and Female The Classic Study of the Sexes

ISBN-10: 0060934964

ISBN-13: 9780060934965

Edition: 2001

Authors: Margaret Mead

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 496
Size: 5.35" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

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 Edition: A Way of Seeing
Introduction to the Pelican Edition, 1962
Introduction to the Apollo Edition, 1967
Introductory
The Significance of the Questions We Ask
How an Anthropologist Writes
The ways of the body
First Learnings
Even-Handed, Money-Minded, and Womb-Envying Patterns
Fathers, Mothers, and Budding Impulses
Sex and Temperament
Basic Regularities in Human Sex Development
The problems of society
Rhythm of Work and Play
Human Fatherhood Is a Social Invention
Potency and Receptivity
Human Reproductivity
The two sexes in contemporary America
Our Complex American Culture
Expected Childhood Experience
Pre-courtship Behaviour and Adult Sex Demands
Sex and Achievement
Each Family in a Home of Its Own
Can Marriage Be for Life?
To Both Their Own
Notes
Background and Bibliographical Material on the Seven Pacific Island Cultures
Samoa
Manus
Arapesh
Mundugumor
Iatmul
Tchambuli
Bali
The Ethics of Insight-Giving
Sources and Experience in Our American Culture
Index of Personal Names
Index of Subjects
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