The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead: A Historical Analysis of Her Samoan Research

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Westview Press, 1999 - Social Science - 279 pages
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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 By examining unpublished correspondence between Mead, her mentor Franz Boas and others, the author provides evidence to suggest that one of the most important anthropological studies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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The story behind the "Coming of Age in Samoa." Details of how Mead set out to do the research with the preconception that it is nurture not nature that dictates our behaviour. She was heavily ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Via Paris London
13
The Incorrigible Idealist
17
Studying with Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict
29
A National Research Fellowship
39
A Bishop Museum Associate in Ethnology
55
At the Bishop Museum
67
At the U S Naval Station Tutuila American Samoa
77
The Ides of March
133
Meads Samoan Fieldwork in Retrospect
149
and Rome
163
Coming of Age in Samoa and Boasian Culturalism
173
The Mythic Process
191
Afterword
203
From the Correspondence of Franz Boas
219
Notes
235

Ethnological Research in Pago Pago and Vaitogi
91
The First Two Months
101
After the Hurricane
113
A Gold Mine Ethnologically
123
Chronology
263
Glossary
269
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About the author (1999)

Derek Freeman is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. For over forty years he has been either a professoral fellow or a professor in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. He has made a lifelong study of the people of Samoa and, during recent years, has done major historical research in Samoa, the Library of Congress, and elsewhere on Margaret Mead’s Samoan fieldwork of 1925-1926.

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