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Male and Female: A Study of the Sexes in a Changing World Paperback – 4 Apr 1996

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; New edition edition (4 April 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688146767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688146764
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Margaret Mead (1901-1978) began her remarkable career when she visited Samoa at the age of twenty-three, which led to her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa. She went on to become one of the most influential women of our time, publishing some forty works and serving as Curator of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History as well as president of major scientific associations. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom following her death in 1978. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Good quality considering it is second hand. Highly interesting read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The big difference between men and women 17 Dec. 2014
By Kytka 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mead At Her Best 9 April 2016
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In this book, Mead redeemed her reputation as an objective anthropologist. Her previous observations--Coming of Age in Samoa--were cast in doubt when Derek Freeman's research showed that she had allowed herself to be bamboozled by a teenage girl. (Hey, she was not alone. It was well known that anthropologists often wrote their observations while boozing at the trading post. It beat sweating and slapping bugs.) In this book, which was missing from my collection, Mead gives her conclusions based not only on her observations but those of others in her field. Since it destroys the image the media created from her earlier works, Betty Friedan denigrates Male & Female. Mead, like Friedan, subscribed to Rolethink, but in this book, she rose above her bias. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars M. Mead 8 Mar. 2007
By Janet F. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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Everyons should read M. Mead's research. Her research explains many issues that remain current topics of contention.
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2.0 out of 5 stars review 17 Dec. 2008
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Mead on Gender Issues 28 Aug. 2014
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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.
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