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Coming of Age in Samoa by Margaret Mead
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Jun 26, 2011

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I'm doing research on South Pacific setting and culture for my current WIP, and thought I'd try this classic. Libararian REALLY recommended it. Was very intricate and detailed. Honestly, I had a hard time following all the subtext and felt rather like an ignorant Westerner. There were some cool things like the division of labor, and childhood duties but the family networking nuances made my head spin. Margaret Mead spent her whole career making sense of it - no way could I get it all down in a weekend. Very interesting, but recommend take in small doses over time.

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