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Return from the Natives$
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Peter Mandler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300187854

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300187854.001.0001

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Introduction: Return from the Natives

Introduction: Return from the Natives

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Return from the Natives

Peter Mandler

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Margaret Mead, who is dubbed the greatest anthropologist to have ever lived. It discusses her efforts to apply her tools, honed on “primitive” people in the South Pacific, to the problems of the so-called “contemporary” peoples like the Americans and the British. From 1939 to 1953, Mead did not do any fieldwork, and spent her time theorizing, writing, and lobbying on issues associated with Western cultures. This was the time when the Second World War erupted, and when most social scientists became more involved in public policy and with their engagement with popular imagination.

Keywords:   Western cultures, social scientists, Margaret Mead, Americans, British

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