Mead, Margaret

(1901-78)
An American cultural anthropologist and student of Ruth Benedict . She argued that personality patterns were culturally rather than biologically determined. Her celebrated Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) has been attacked by sociobiologists . It was based on rather insubstantial fieldwork and could be reassessed for reasons which do not discredit her discipline. She pioneered a critical study of gender in Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935). Her many field trips included the South Pacific Islands, New Guinea, and Bali, and are vividly described in the autobiographical Blackberry Winter (1972). She popularized social anthropology , partly by challenging ethnocentrism in the dominant ideology of the United States. She was marginalized by what she saw as the male world of academia, and remained attached to New York City's American Museum of Natural History, moving from assistant to curator. See also Culture and Personality School.

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