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Male and Female: A Study of the Sexes in a Changing World Paperback – Feb 1975

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co (Feb. 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688070280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688070281
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 534,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The renowned anthropologist comments on male-female relationships and roles in South sea cultures and analyzes patterns and trends that characterize contemporary American sexality, and marriage. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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How are men and women to think about their maleness and their femaleness in this twentieth century, in which so many of our old ideas must be made new? Read the first page
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Feb. 2013
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Margaret Mead (1901-1978)was a distinguished American cultural anthropologist who came to prominence very early in her career with the publication of "Coming of Age in Samoa", which appeared in 1928, when Mead was just 27 years old. "Male and Female" was published in 1949 and offers a descriptive critique of gender from the perspective of both anthropology, which was Mead's central discipline, and psychology, which was not. To that extent the book is somewhat unsatisfactory. Add to this the fact that "Male and Female" emerged at a time when the furore over the first Kinsey Report(1948) was at its height in the United States, and that the second half of Mead's book addresses gender relations in contemporary America, that is, the late 1940's, it becomes clear that its preoccupations very much reflect its time. The book seems now very dated.

None the less, it remains a valuable work, largely perhaps because it can now be seen as significant contribution to popular debate concerning gender and gender stereotyping in the United States in the 1950's and, as a result of successive editions and reprints, well into the 1960's. Mead is a major figure in the feminist movement of her time, and her popularity as a writer and her academic distinction, which created considerable controversy both during her lifetime and after her death, ensured that her work was widely circulated and debated.
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Confession: Son's uni book fell to pieces! So purchase this rare book to replace the one that fell to bits.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Mead on Gender Issues 28 Aug. 2014
By Thos.Howell Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
From the late Dr. Margaret Mead. Gender issues explored. A much deeper exploration of sex-determined
differences than the currently popular "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus." I spent an afternoon with
Margaret Mead in the Seventies while filming an interview for a documentary film, and she certainly was the firey
feminist. When there were delays, she became very angry and suggested that if women were running the show,
there would be fewer problems. But when it came time for the cameras to roll, she turned in a very professional
performance. Like the points made in this book, she addressed the issues directly and forcefully.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting read but must take consideration 9 July 2010
By Oriana Havlicek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What we have to remember about the anthropology books from the 1950s is that most of the information is objective based off of the anthropologist lives. So yes, Mead is very detailed and slightly biased because she has her own personal (western) views. However, this book is a link from gender-essentialism to modern views of how we see the male and female sexes as they exist today.

Long and detailed read- Yes

Great understanding of Male and Female Sexes- Not updated but good overall.

Subjective/Objective ratio- great for her time, sightly different now. (Read with an objective mindset and consider when this was published)

Margaret Mead- Must Know person when dealing with gender and anthropology.
The big difference between men and women 17 Dec. 2014
By Kytka Hilmar-Jezek - Published on Amazon.com
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I wish more people read Dr. Mead. Although she can tend to be a strong feminist, in this particular work she delves into gender differences in such a way that provokes thought and discussion.
Five Stars 11 Mar. 2015
By HBS - Published on Amazon.com
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Good book.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
review 17 Dec. 2008
By Brazil123 - Published on Amazon.com
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The whole book could have been written in half of its size. Not very well written due to being too wordy, hard to follow.
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