Coming of Age in Samoa

by Margaret Mead | Professional & Technical |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingfuturecatwing of Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on 6/11/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by wingfuturecatwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Saturday, June 11, 2005
From the second hand bookshop we descended on en masse during the 2005 BCNZ Convention.

This book has been totally discredited in recent years, so of course I want to read it now :-)

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Journal Entry 2 by wingfuturecatwing from Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Friday, September 15, 2006
Actually, it was pretty interesting. It was written in 1928, so is interesting just for its portrait of a way of life in the process of changing from the traditional to a more westernised version. It's also inadvertantly a wonderful glimpse into the attitudes and ideas of 1928 America, as Mead can't help bringing her cultural viewpoint to her study.

Interestingly, according to an article on Wikipedia, the discrediting of her research has in itself been partly discredited. Having read the book now, I wouldn't say her investigative method was perfect, nor were the conclusions she reached, but I think her work is still of some value.

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Released 13 yrs ago (9/26/2007 UTC) at University of Canterbury, Psychology Building in Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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In the Anthropology and Sociology Department, on a windowsill on the third floor.

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