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Samoan Rainbow Truth is merely common sense say the nave realist Really Then where precisely is the location of - a rainbow In the air In the eye In between Or somewhere else Abbey 11 To define the nature of culture it seems at first to be a simple task However finding and holding the true essence of a culture is like pinpointing Abbeys rainbow It becomes clear to me the misunderstandings between Margaret Mead and Derek Freeman they were both trying to pinpoint a rainbow but not necessarily the same rainbow Anthropologists in Search of a Culture Margaret Mead Derek Freeman and All the Rest of us is an article searching for answers answers to a mystery that appears to need a detective of Sherlock Holmes caliber to unlock Margaret Mead went to Samoa at the age of twenty-three in the 1920s She stayed for nine months observing young girls of a village on the eastern part of the islands She was trying to gain knowledge for the culture vs biology debate which is in itself another great mystery Mead showed from evidence gathered culture influences the life cycle of a person not biology She proves this by showing how adolescent girls of Samoa deal with maturing differently then girls of a western culture Derek Freeman after visiting Samoa some thirty years later felt that Margaret Meads conclusions do not fit at all with what he observed Thus the controversy began A deluge of papers on the topic appears trying to sort out the mystery Eleanor Leacock decided to take the opportunity and put on her applied-anthropology hat Leacock 3 However although Leacock is dealing with the Mead-Freeman controversy she is actually dealing with how one should go about studying cultures Leacock agrees with Mead much more then Freeman shooting down many of Freemans points She says he ignored the culture changes that took place between his and Meads observation he misinterpreted
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