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Growing Up in New Guinea

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280 pages. Book is in Very good condition throughout. On The Island Of Manus, Margaret Mead Found An Isolated Community Untouched By Missionaries Or Foreign Trade.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published 1970 by Pelican (first published January 1st 1930)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
Published in 1930, this is an ethnography of the Manus people of Papua New Guinea from one of Margaret Mead's first research trips in the 1920s, after writing Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation. After studying the adolescents of one culture, she wanted to focus more narrowly on children in a society - how they are educated, how they develop personality, how the beliefs and customs of the society effect them before puberty.

The Manus people li
Sue Danskin
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
I am probably not the person to review this- I thought it was really dry and repetitive
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this at University many years ago.
At this point in time, New Guinea was a society of trade. Even first marriages were trades between tribes. Their society stressed truth, and nothing but the truth -- no embellishments, no metaphors, no similes. Because of this, the children were not imaginative. Mead saw that nurture was much more important than nature within this culture. Adoptive children would take on the traits of their adoptive parents rather than their biological parents, even if they were adolescents when adopted.

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Mar 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
I first read Margaret Mead in high school and it opened up me eyes to the world of anthropology. She is a great role model for women and her books are a must read for anyone interested in the topic.
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book, and "Coming of Age in Samoa", were startling finds on my parents' bookshelves during my pre-teen years, and started me on my journey towards a degree in anthropology.
Jan 11, 2011 rated it liked it
This book was interesting as both an ethnography about Manus as well as being a kind of historical record as an "old school" kind of ethnography.
Thom Dunn
1975 paperback edition with a new introduction by Margaret Mead. This was her second book.
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Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the '60s and '70s as a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and western life but also a respected, if controversial, academic anthropologist.

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