Meadas Coming of Age in Samoa is often read as an attempt to popularize anthropology, but to what extent did it also extend and develop it?

I want essay to include a strong analysis of how Meads work extended work of Franz Boas plus to be contrasted and compared to the work of

Ruth Benedict.





Please use most of the following sources plus some more:



1. Mead, Margaret, Coming of Age in Samoa: A Study of Adolescence and Sex in Primitive Societies. Penguin, [1928] 1943. [Prefaces, Chapters I, II, VII, X, XIII and Appendix II (on methodology) in particular]

2. Stocking, George, a?The Ethnographic Sensibility of the 1920s and the Dualism of the Anthropological Traditiona? in Romantic Motives: Essays on Anthropological Sensibility. University of Wisconsin Press, 1989, pp. 208-276 [pp. 235-269 in particular] [see Course Pack a Week 15]

3. Mitchell, William E., a?Communicating Culture: Margaret Mead and the Practice of Popular Anthropologya? in Jeremy MacClancy and Chris McDonaugh, eds., Popularizing Anthropology. Routledge, 1996, pp. 122-134. [Course Pack]



Background Readings:

Freeman, Derek, The Fateful Hoaxing of Margaret Mead: A Historical Analysis of her Samoan Researches. Westview Press, 1999.

Lapsley, Hilary, Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The Kinship of Women. University of Massachusetts Press, 1999.

Lutkhehaus, Nancy, a?Margaret Mead and the a?Rustling-of-the-Wind-in-the-Palm-Trees Schoola of Ethnographic Writinga? in Ruth Behar and Deborah Gordon, eds., Women Writing Culture. University of California Press, 1995, pp. 186-206.

, Margaret Mead: The Making of an American Icon. Princeton University Press, 2008.

Mead, Margaret, a?Field Work in the Pacific Islands, 1925-1967a? in Peggy Golde, ed., Women in the Field. Aldine, 1970, pp. 293-331.

, Letters from the Field, 1925-1975. Harper and Row, 1977. [Especially pp. 1-98 and 241-324.]

, Some Personal Views, edited by Rhoda Metraux. Angus and Robertson, 1979.

Orans, Martin, Not Even Wrong: Margaret Mead, Derek Freeman and the Samoans. Chandler and Sharp, 1996.

Stocking, George, a?Ideas and Institutions in American Anthropology: Thoughts Toward a History of the Interwar Yearsa? in The Ethnographeras Magic and Other Essays in the History of Anthropology. University of Wisconsin Press, 1992, pp. 114-177.



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