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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 Peace (1945–50)

Culture Cracking for Peace (1945–50)

(p.177) Chapter 5 Culture Cracking for Peace (1945–50)
Return from the Natives

Peter Mandler

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that Margaret Mead's tools and techniques in national character studies were meant to be useful in times of peace, despite being made during the Second World War. Mead made sure of this by keeping her work safe from the hands of what she called “bastards,” so it would remain applicable in making a peaceful world rather than making a world of hate and hostilities. But the subsequent generations were sceptical of her claims. They argued that social science had become entangled with the so-called “National Security State” during the war and that it would become impossible for them to disengage, if they actually tried to disengage. They even pressed that neither side actually tried to disengage.

Keywords:   peace, Margaret Mead, national character studies, National Security State, war

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