"Mageo provides fresh entrée into relations of culture and mind through dreaming. Advancing both theory and method, she elucidates cultural shaping of the human imagination. Psychological anthropologists, cultural psychologists, dream analysts, and scholars of American culture will find an ethnography richly textured with insights into the inter-animation of society and personal experience." - Janet Dixon Keller, editor of Ethos, the Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology, and professor of Anthropology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
About the Author
Jeannette Marie Mageo is a professor of Anthropology at Washington State University. Between 1981 and 1989, she resided and did fieldwork in Samoa. She is the author of Theorizing Self in Samoa (1998) and is the editor of Dreaming and the Self (2003), Power and the Self (2001), Cultural Memory: Re/Configuring History and Identity in the Pacific (2001), and Spirits in Culture, History, and Mind (with Alan Howard, 1996). She has published many major articles, chapters, encyclopedia entries, and books on cultural psychology, cultural history, and religion, as well as on sex, gender, and the self in the Pacific. She consulted for and appeared in a documentary made for Channel 4 in Britain, Paradise Bent: Boys will be Girls in Samoa, framed by her historical interpretation of Samoan transvestitism (1992, 1996, 1998). It won a Silver Plaque in the "Documentary-Humanities" section of the Chicago International Television Awards and toured with the Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival sponsored by American Museum of Natural History. From 2003 to 2007, she was editor of The Association for Social Anthropology series with University of Pennsylvania Press. In 2004, Professor Mageo began a new project on U.S. American dreams.