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Studying Contemporary Western Society: Method and Theory

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Volume 5

Margaret Mead: The Study of Contemporary Western Culture



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Studying Contemporary Western Society

Method and Theory

Margaret Mead
Edited and with an Introduction by William Beeman, Brown University

304 pages, bibliog.

ISBN  978-1-57181-815-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (December 2003)

ISBN  978-1-57181-816-4 $24.95/£19.95 Pb Published (December 2003)

eISBN 978-1-78920-599-2 eBook


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Few anthropologists today realize the pioneering role Margaret Mead played in the investigation of contemporary cultures. This volume collects and presents a variety of her essays on research methodology relating to contemporary culture. Many of these essays were printed originally in limited circulation journals, research reports and books edited by others. They reflect Mead's continuing commitment to searching out methods for studying and extending the anthropologist's tools of investigation for use in complex societies. Essays on American and European societies, intergenerational relations, architecture and social space, industrialization, and interracial relations are included in this varied and exciting collection.

Margaret Mead served as Curator of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1925 to 1969. She began her career with a study of youth and adolescence in Samoan society, published as Coming of Age in Samoa (1928). She published prolifically, becoming a seminal figure in anthropology, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1979.

Subject: Theory and Methodology Cultural Studies (General)
Area: North America Europe


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