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The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy

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In 1928 Margaret Mead published Coming of Age in Samoa, a fascinating study of the lives of adolescent girls that transformed Mead herself into an academic celebrity. In 1983 anthropologist Derek Freeman published a scathing critique of Mead’s Samoan research, badly damaging her reputation. Resonating beyond academic circles, his case against Mead tapped into important pub ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 3rd 2009 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 2009)
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In this book, Paul Shankman reveals how Derek Freeman's notorious attacks on Margaret Mead constituted one of the biggest manufactured scientific controversies of the 20th century. Far from circling the wagons around Mead, though, Shankman gives a level-headed account in which Mead comes in for her share of criticism as well.

The book gives a thorough history of the controversy and its players and then critically reviews the claims made for and against Freeman's work. Shankman does not refute Fre
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Elevate Difference
What do Phil Donohue, a New Zealand ethnologist, three anthropologist husbands, and a small handful of Samoan girls all have in common? The answer is: Margaret Mead and their roles in a debate that has rocked cultural anthropology since 1983.

The Trashing of Margaret Mead is a fine, funny, discriminating, and at times quite disturbing book. At the heart of the so-called Mead-Freeman Debate was the veracity, meaning, and political uses of the data that Mead collected in 1925 during the ethnographi
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