Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
With a Daughter's Eye: Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, A Paperback – January 26, 1994
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
About the Author
More About the Author
Bateson's original research interest was in the Middle East. More recently she has been interested in how women and men work out distinctive adaptations to culture change, learning from those around them and improvising new ways of being. She is currently exploring how extended longevity and lifelong learning modify the rhythms of the life cycle and the interaction between generations.
Her books include:, With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson; Composing a Life; Peripheral Visions: Learning Along the Way; Full Circles, Overlapping Lives: Culture and Generation in Transition; and Willing to Learn: Passages of Personal Discovery; and Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom, September 2010.
Bateson is married and has a married daughter and two grandsons. She lives in Southern New Hampshire.
Top Customer Reviews
I learned about the places of convergence and difference between mother and daughter, but mostly of the solidarity and pride about the rich body of information, theoretical and methodological contributions, made by both of her parents. The memoir, which includes Bateson's father, Gregory Bateson, is studded with thoughtful opinion - nuggets I hope for in a reflective piece.
I learned that Mead valued conflict as the birthplace of creativity, that she deeply honored individuality and that for her, variation and difference presented opportunities for something new to emerge.
Bateson expresses it well: " Margaret felt, I believe, that by supplying new metaphors and additional layers of insight, errors would be balanced."
Bateson contends that for decades to come, the sayings of her mother will be cherished, comments such as " Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. For indeed, that's all who ever have."
The lenses through which Bateson views her imperfect parents are fog-free. Her comments are from the heart.
Eleanor Cowan author of: A History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is an excellent en famille view of both Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, It also imparts a sense f what they contributed to their remarkable daughter.Published 5 months ago by anne deGersdorff
Open-eyed eye-opener - as only a literate daughter could tell it.Published 12 months ago by Joe O'Laughlin