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Mead Margaret 1901-78 American anthropologist widely known for her studies of primitive societies and her contributions to social anthropologyMead was born in Philadelphia on December 16 1901 and was educated at Barnard College and at Columbia University In 1926 she became assistant curator of ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and she subsequently served as associate curator 1942-64 and as curator 1964-69 She was director of research in contemporary cultures at Columbia University from 1948 to 1950 and adjunct professor of anthropology there after 1954 In 1968 she was appointed full professor and head of the social science department in the Liberal Arts College of Fordham University at Lincoln Center in New York She also served on various government and international commissions and was a controversial speaker on modern social issuesParticipating in several field expeditions Mead conducted notable research in New Guinea Samoa Islands and Bali Much of her work was devoted to a study of patterns of child rearing in various cultures She also analyzed many problems in contemporary American society particularly those affecting young people Her interests were varied including child care adolescence sexual behavior and American character and culture Mead died in New York City on November 15 1978 BibliographyHer writings include Coming of Age in Samoa 1928 Growing Up in New Guinea 1930 Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies 1935 Male and Female 1949 Soviet Attitudes Toward Authority 1951 New Lives for Old 1956 Culture and Commitment A Study of the Generation Gap 1970 and her memoirs Blackberry Winter 1972
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