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Margaret Mead (Dec. 16, 1901-Nov. 15, 1978) 





An American cultural anthropologist and speaker in the mass media throughout the 60's and 70's Born to a professor of finance and a sociologist. Her family moved alot so her early schooling was a mix of home-schooling and regular institutions.



All of her husbands were anthropologists.

Husbands, Degrees and a Lesbian? 





Luthor Cressman, former theology student turned anthropologist. (1923-28) Reo Fortune, an anthropologist who wrote Sorcerer's of Dobu. She said that this relationship was more passionate than the previous. (1928-35) Gregory Bateson, an anthropologist, whom she said she loved the most, but who left her. They had a child Mary Catherine Bateson in 1939. (1936-50)

Husbands, Degrees and a Lesbian? 





Got her B.A. from Bernard University in 1923. Got her M.A. from Columbia University in 1924, under influence of professor Franz Boas and Dr. Ruth Benedict. Got her Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1929.

Husbands, Degrees and a Lesbian? 



Her daughter Mary Catherine Bateson wrote a book where she suggested that her mother may have had a sexual relationship with Dr. Ruth Benedict. Mead never openly stated that she was a lesbian or bisexual.

Coming of Age in Samoa 



This ethnography was designed to discuss whether the problems facing adolescents were products of adolescence or products of society. There has been some controversy about this book because Derek Freeman went to study in Samoa and stated that many of the facts stated in the book were false or lies.

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies 



This book was a discussion of the female dominated societies of Papua New Guinea. This book was very crucial to the feminist movement due to the idea that women can be in control of society without ramifications.

Complete Works As a sole author * Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) * Growing Up in New Guinea (1930) * The Changing Culture of an Indian Tribe (1932) * Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935) * And Keep Your Powder Dry: An Anthropologist Looks at America (1942) * Male and Female (1949) * New Lives for Old: Cultural Transformation in Manus, 1928-1953 (1956) * People and Places (1959; a book for young readers) * Continuities in Cultural Evolution (1964) * Culture and Commitment (1970) * Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years (1972; autobiography) As editor or coauthor * Cultural Patterns and Technical Change, editor (1953) * Primitive Heritage: An Anthropological Anthology, edited with Nicholas Calas (1953) * An Anthropologist at Work, editor (1959, reprinted 1966; a volume of Ruth Benedict's writings) * The Study of Culture At A Distance, edited with Rhoda Metraux, 1953 * Themes in French Culture, with Rhoda Metraux, 1954 * The Wagon and the Star: A Study of American Community Initiative co-authored with Muriel Whitbeck Brown, 1966 * A Rap on Race, with James Baldwin, 1971

Awards/Legacy 









After her death, Mead was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, by Jimmy Carter. The award was presented to her daughter.

She left her mark on Feminism and the Sexual Revolution, through her many works. Also left her mark on some American Episcopal literature. There is also a school in Washington State named after her.

She was also named the “Mother of the World,” in 1969 by Time magazine.

Bibliography 





Bateson, Mary Catherine. (1984) With a Daughter's Eye: A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, New York: William Morrow.

Freeman, Derek. (1983) Margaret Mead and Samoa, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. http://www.webster.edu/~woolflm/margaretmea d.html

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