Margaret Mead: Coming of Age in America

Hardcover | March 15, 1999

byJoan Mark

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The American anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was barely 24 years old when she left New York to study the natives of Samoa, New Guinea, and other remote Pacific islands. Anthropological research to her was not a dull academic discipline but an adventure in which every little detail,from Balinese ritual dances to Polynesian tattooing, held enormous fascination. Her 1928 book--Coming of Age in Samoa--made her both famous and controversial. She boldly challenged the most deeply ingrained principles of the Western way of life: family structure, education, and child-rearing. Whenshe died in 1978, a Pacific tribe she befriended held a five-day ceremony in her honor normally reserved for their greatest chiefs. Joan Mark guides us through the most exciting anthropological discoveries of the 20th century while following Margaret Meads many triumphs around the globe inquick-paced, engrossing prose that reads like an adventure story. Oxford Portraits in Science is an ongoing series of scientific biographies. Written by top scholars and writers, each biography examines the personality of its subject as well as the thought process leading to his or her discoveries. These illustrated biographies combine accessible technicalinformation with compelling personal stories to portray the scientists whose work has shaped our understanding of the natural world.

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Although children look up to such courageous women as Roberta Bondar, Susan MacAuliffe and Mother Theresa, there are still too few books about strong female role models for girls. Joan Mark helps remedy that situation with Margaret Mead: Coming of Age in America -- the biography that profiles this revered American anthropologist and he...

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The American anthropologist Margaret Mead (1901-1978) was barely 24 years old when she left New York to study the natives of Samoa, New Guinea, and other remote Pacific islands. Anthropological research to her was not a dull academic discipline but an adventure in which every little detail,from Balinese ritual dances to Polynesian tatt...

Joan Mark is at Harvard University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:112 pages, 9.29 × 6.69 × 0.51 inPublished:March 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195116798

ISBN - 13:9780195116793

Appropriate for ages: 12 - 12

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Although children look up to such courageous women as Roberta Bondar, Susan MacAuliffe and Mother Theresa, there are still too few books about strong female role models for girls. Joan Mark helps remedy that situation with Margaret Mead: Coming of Age in America -- the biography that profiles this revered American anthropologist and her scientific and literary accomplishments.

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"This engaging biography of one of the twentieth century's most influential women has the depth of detail needed to attract older readers, along with plenty of quotes and boxed enrichment sections."--The Horn Book Guide