Margaret Mead Coming Of Age In Samoa Summary

Margaret Mead was a popular American writer, cultural, and visual anthropologist. Throughout her career, Margaret Mead has also conducted over twenty field trips (Yans-McLaughlin 2000). In addition, Mead’s fieldwork focused on the development and growth of adolescents. The reason why I chose Margaret Mead is because of the tremendous contributions that she has made to the field of anthropology and the public. In addition, I find it very astounding that Mead “offers a resolution of the old apparent conflict between science and humanities through the development of a human science capable of justifying within science both quantitative and qualitative knowledge” (Ruby 2000, 165). Therefore, this provides a significant point of why one should combine the studies …show more content…
In our excerpt, she sums up the lessons she wishes readers to derive from her study” and that is why I chose Coming of Age in Samoa as one of my sources (Hollinger and Capper 2001, 206). In Coming of Age in Samoa, Mead mentions that she had spent nine months in American Samoa, in order to gather comprehensive facts regarding teenage girls. According to Meads, “I gathered many detailed facts about these girls, the size of their families, the position and wealth of their parents, the number of their brothers and sisters, the amount of sex experience which they had had” (Mead 1928, 10). As an anthropologist, Mead is able to provide a vivid description of her fieldwork experience based on her research and studies of the Samoan adolescent lifestyle. Mead’s fieldwork “sought to discover whether adolescence was a universally traumatic and stressful time due to biological factors or whether the experience of adolescence depended on one 's cultural upbringing” (Library of Congress

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