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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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Culture Cracking for War: I. Allies (1939–44)

Culture Cracking for War: I. Allies (1939–44)

(p.45) Chapter 2 Culture Cracking for War: I. Allies (1939–44)
Return from the Natives

Peter Mandler

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Margaret Mead's works on culture during the Second World War, at which time she was cut off from her fieldwork among “primitive” people, and this threatened the basis of her authority in the subject. War also limited her options, as war demands patriotism, leadership, and armed conflict, all of which can be labelled as “masculine.” And in this time of strife, “choice” was no longer an option; unity was the new imperative, which demands more order and less diversity. During the Second World War, Mead and her fellow social scientists were more involved in raising consciousness of their own culture than of others.

Keywords:   war, Margaret Mead, social scientists, culture, Second World War

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