Trashing of Margaret Mead Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy

ISBN-10: 0299234541

ISBN-13: 9780299234546

Edition: 2009

Authors: Paul Shankman, Paul S. Boyer

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 12/3/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Paul Shankman, professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has conducted fieldwork in Samoa periodically since 1966. He has written a number of articles on the Mead-Freeman controversy.

Paul S. Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. An editor of NOTABLE AMERICAN WOMEN, 1607-1950 (1971), he also co-authored SALEM POSSESSED: THE SOCIAL ORIGINS OF WITCHCRAFT (1974), for which, with Stephen Nissenbaum, he received the John H. Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. His other works include URBAN MASSES AND MORAL ORDER IN AMERICA, 1820-1920 (1978), BY THE BOMB'S EARLY LIGHT: AMERICAN THOUGHT AND CULTURE AT THE DAWN OF THE ATOMIC AGE (1985), WHEN TIME SHALL BE NO MORE: PROPHECY BELIEF IN MODERN AMERICAN CULTURE (1992), and PROMISES TO KEEP: THE UNITED STATES SINCE WORLD WAR II (3e, 2003). He is also editor-in-chief of the OXFORD COMPANION TO UNITED STATES HISTORY (2001). His articles and essays have appeared in the "American Quarterly," "New Republic," and other journals. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles; Northwestern University; and the College of William and Mary.

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Controversy and the Media
The Controversy in the Media
Selling the Controversy
Derek Freeman
Derek Freeman, the Critic
Psychoanalysis, Freeman, and Mead
Margaret Mead and Coming of Age in Samoa
Young Margaret Mead
First Fieldwork in Samoa
Writing Coming of Age in Samoa
Mead's American Audience in the 1920s
Sex, Lies, and Samoans
What the Controversy Meant to Samoans
Samoan Sexual Conduct: Belief and Behavior
Under the Coconut Palms
Virginity and the History of Sex in Samoa
The Broader Issues
The Many Versions of the Hoaxing Hypothesis
The Nature-Nurture Debate and the Appeal of Freeman's Argument
Conclusion
Appendix: True Confessions
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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