The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead: A Historical Analysis of Her Samoan Research
This is an investigation of the anthropologist Margaret Mead's research into the sexual practices of Samoan girls. By examining unpublished correspondence between Mead, her mentor Franz Boas and others, the author provides evidence to suggest that one of the most important anthropological studies of the 20th century was, in reality, based on an innocent joke by informants.
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