Margaret Mead: A Biography

Margaret Mead: A Biography

by Mary Bowman-Kruhm


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The anthropologist Margaret Mead garnered fame and generated controversy in a full life that spanned most of the 20th century. She was a maverick with a strong and sometimes difficult personality, and this biography follows her from childhood years in Pennsylvania, to college days with her pals nicknamed the Ash Can Cats, to tutelage under the preeminent anthropologist, Franz Boas, at Columbia, and her fieldwork in the South Pacific, starting in Samoa when she was 22 years of age. Private and public are interwoven, with coverage of her marriages, close friendships, writings, and career progression. Mead has special appeal to teens because of her work with and theories on this age group.

Readers will be inspired by Mead's individualism and career in anthropology in its golden age. They will also appreciate the insights into her writings, including her autobiography. Mead's viewpoints on myriad topics are presented, with a final note on her impact and an imagining of what she would say about the world today. A chronology and glossary supplement the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313322679
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/30/2003
Series: Greenwood Biographies Series
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

MARY BOWMAN-KRUHM teaches at Johns Hopkins University School of Professional Studies in Business Education. She is the author of more than 30 books for children and young adults.

Table of Contents


Kith and Kin as a Girl in Pennsylvania (1901-1920)

From Indiana to Oceania (1920-1925)

Ta'u, Taro, and Talking Chiefs (1925-1926)

People Are Made, Not Born (1926-1929)

Mid-Career Life Changes (1929-1939)

The War That Divided the World (1939-1953)

A Polymath (1953-1978)

Patterns of People, Career of Controversy

What Would Margaret Mead Say


Significant Events in Margaret Mead's Life




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