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Margaret Mead

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Margaret Mead

Paul Shankman

196 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-141-7 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Published (July 2021)

ISBN  978-1-80073-143-1 $24.95/£19.95 Pb Published (July 2021)

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Tracing Mead’s career as an ethnographer, as the early voice of public anthropology, and as a public figure, this elegantly written biography links the professional and personal sides of her career. The book looks at Mead’s early career through the end of World War II, when she produced her most important anthropological works, as well as her role as a public figure in the post-war period, through the 1960s until her death in 1978. The criticisms of Mead are also discussed and analyzed. This short volume is an ideal starting point for anyone wanting to learn about, arguably, the most famous anthropologist of the twentieth century.

Paul Shankman is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the author of The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy (Wisconsin, 2009).

Subject: Anthropology (General)