Apr 21, 2021
The Fateful Hoaxing Of Margaret Mead: A Historical Analysis Of Her Samoan Research
Posted by Derek Freeman

For most of the twentieth century, Margaret Mead s renowned book Coming of Age in Samoa has validated an antievolutionary anthropological paradigm that assumes that culture is the overwhelming determinant of human behavior Her account of female adolescent sexuality in Samoa initiated a career that led to Margaret Mead becoming indisputably the most publicly celebrated scFor most of the twentieth century, Margaret Mead s renowned book Coming of Age in Samoa has validated an antievolutionary anthropological paradigm that assumes that culture is the overwhelming determinant of human behavior Her account of female adolescent sexuality in Samoa initiated a career that led to Margaret Mead becoming indisputably the most publicly celebrated scientist in America But what if her study wasn t all it appeared to be What if, having neglected the problem she had been sent to investigate, she relied at the last moment on the tales of two traveling companions who jokingly misled her about the sexual behavior of Samoan girls What if her famous study was based on a hoax In The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead, Derek Freeman addresses these issues in a detailed historical analysis of Margaret Mead s Samoan researches and of her training in New York by Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict By examining hitherto unpublished correspondence between Mead, her mentor Franz Boas and others as well as the sworn testimony of Fa apua a Fa am, one of Mead s traveling companions of 1926 Freeman provides compelling evidence that one of the most influential anthropological studies of the twentieth century was unwittingly based on the mischievous joking of the investigator s informants.But The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead goes beyond a historical account of how the hoax took place it is an examination of ho

  • Title: The Fateful Hoaxing Of Margaret Mead: A Historical Analysis Of Her Samoan Research
  • Author: Derek Freeman
  • ISBN: 9780813336930
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Fateful Hoaxing Of Margaret Mead A Historical Analysis Of Her Samoan Research For most of the twentieth century Margaret Mead s renowned book Coming of Age in Samoa has validated an antievolutionary anthropological paradigm that assumes that culture is the overwhelming determi

    Michael Kubat

    Margaret Mead s Coming of Age in Samoa is a kind of prequel to the current global warming science controversy The young Mead goes to Samoa to search for anthropological truth as preached by her mentor, Franz Boas, and finds exactly what she had set out to find And all before computer modeling, too Anthropology as an aspiring science hasn t been the same since.


    John Waldrip

    Derek Freeman is qualified by his academic training and his research experience to unmask the tragedy that is Margaret Mead s influence on Western civilization through her naive and obviously unscientific career that was marked by her publication of Coming Of Age In Samoa Sadly, no one in the West paid any attention to the howls of protest that arose from Samoans as they came to understand Mead s tragic misrepresentation of their culture But it is the sorry state of cultural anthropology that wh [...]


    Trudy Pomerantz

    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 influenced by Frank Dooz, her supervisor, who was one of the founders of anthropology in the US Because of decisions made regarding other research that she wanted but was not supposed to do, she had insufficient time to conduct adequate research on her original project Therefore when she questioned two Samoan 2 [...]


    Hilary

    I never reached a true conclusion as to whose accounts were likely to be accurate I suspect the answer is a little of both was one of the first contacts with her studied peoples, and as a woman had access to a whole other side that DF could never have reached The same is also true in reverse Separated by gender, fame and time, it s no wonder that they had different results.


    Isabel

    Es una cr tica al analisis de Mead, cuestionando sus hallazgos y m todo.



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