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Return from the Natives

Peter Mandler


Celebrated anthropologist Margaret Mead, who studied sex in Samoa and child-rearing in New Guinea in the 1920s and 1930s, was determined to show that anthropology could tackle the psychology of the most complex, modern societies in ways useful for waging the Second World War. This book follows Mead and her closest collaborators—her lover and mentor Ruth Benedict, her third husband Gregory Bateson, and her prospective fourth husband Geoffrey Gorer—through their triumphant climax, when she became the cultural ambassador from America to Britain in 1943, to her downfall in the Cold War. Part intel ... More

Keywords: anthropology, psychology, modern societies, Cold War, intellectuals, experts, Second World War, cultures, ideologies, politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780300187854
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300187854.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Mandler, author