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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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Return to the Natives (1947–53)

Return to the Natives (1947–53)

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Return from the Natives
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Peter Mandler

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DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300187854.003.0008

This chapter discusses Margaret Mead's return to the study of the natives of Manus in New Guinea in the summer of 1953. Her decision to leave the political sphere also coincided with the end of the New Deal era, and the end of a short-lived period of American internationalism, with the arrival of the Republican administration in the country. This departure from the study of modern cultures marked the end of Mead's hopes that anthropology might play a constructive role in the “orchestration of cultural diversities” in a new world order.

Keywords:   modern cultures, natives, Manus, Margaret Mead, New Guinea

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