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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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Among the Natives of Great Britain (1942–5)

Among the Natives of Great Britain (1942–5)

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(p.87) Chapter 3 Among the Natives of Great Britain (1942–5)
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Return from the Natives
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Peter Mandler

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300187854.003.0004

This chapter explains that Margaret Mead's selection of the Anglo-American relationship as her own personal mission shows another important aspect of her wartime policy: to avoid relating anthropological analysis to “hostility” and manipulation, in order to use the wartime to create a program for peace. Things worked out well for Mead, as there was no demand for black propaganda in the Anglo-American relationship, a degree of freedom that led her to prepare the groundwork for the postwar cultural studies. Her work on the Anglo-American relationship embodies a statement about a culture acceptable both to itself and to another culture.

Keywords:   culture, Anglo-American relationship, wartime, postwar cultural studies

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