Channeling Margaret Mead

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On one of my favorite anthropologists, Margaret Mead

“Neither a stuffy Germanic professor nor a shy spinster, Mead was a vigorous, attractive, adventurous, and courageous young woman. The ‘girl in the neighborhood’ whom most might have expected to work at the corner store, be a teacher or perhaps attempt to break into the movies, had dared to travel alone to a far corner of the world…Over the next decade, Mead continued to follow the trajectory that had been launched with her study of Samoa. She made a series of trips to the South Pacific, where she conducted fieldwork among the Manus, the Arapesh, the Mundugumor and the Balinese. Her genius lay in exquisitely careful observations and in lively writing, rather than in theoretically sophisticated diquisitions…”

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