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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1 edition (May 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060934964
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060934965
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,284,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Margaret Mead (1901-1978) began her remarkable career when she visited Samoa at the age of twenty-three, which led to her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa. She went on to become one of the most influential women of our time, publishing some forty works and serving as Curator of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History as well as president of major scientific associations. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom following her death in 1978.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Oriana Havlicek on July 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
What we have to remember about the anthropology books from the 1950s is that most of the information is objective based off of the anthropologist lives. So yes, Mead is very detailed and slightly biased because she has her own personal (western) views. However, this book is a link from gender-essentialism to modern views of how we see the male and female sexes as they exist today.

Long and detailed read- Yes

Great understanding of Male and Female Sexes- Not updated but good overall.

Subjective/Objective ratio- great for her time, sightly different now. (Read with an objective mindset and consider when this was published)

Margaret Mead- Must Know person when dealing with gender and anthropology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thos.Howell Book Reviews on August 27, 2014
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From the late Dr. Margaret Mead. Gender issues explored. A much deeper exploration of sex-determined
differences than the currently popular "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus." I spent an afternoon with
Margaret Mead in the Seventies while filming an interview for a documentary film, and she certainly was the firey
feminist. When there were delays, she became very angry and suggested that if women were running the show,
there would be fewer problems. But when it came time for the cameras to roll, she turned in a very professional
performance. Like the points made in this book, she addressed the issues directly and forcefully.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brazil123 on December 17, 2008
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The whole book could have been written in half of its size. Not very well written due to being too wordy, hard to follow.
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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Janet F. Morgan on March 8, 2007
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Everyons should read M. Mead's research. Her research explains many issues that remain current topics of contention.
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