Sex and Temperament: In Three Primitive Societies

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HarperCollins, May 22, 2001 - Social Science - 352 pages
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First published in 1935, Sex & Temperament is a fascinating and brilliant anthropological study of the intimate lives of three New Guinea tribes from infancy to adulthood. Focusing on the gentle, mountain-dwelling Arapesh, the fierce, cannibalistic Mundugumor, and the graceful headhunters of Tchambuli -- Mead advances the theory that many so-called masculine and feminine characteristics are not based on fundamental sex differences but reflect the cultural conditioning of different societies. This edition, prepared for the centennial of Mead's birth, features introductions by Helen Fisher and Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson.

A precursor to Mead's illuminating Male & Female, Sex & Temperament lays the groundwork for her lifelong study of gender differences.

  

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Review: Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

User Review  - Carter - Goodreads

This book was written in 1935 and writing style/language being indicative of that time period was somewhat dry and formal. This is understandable because of both the time frame and the fact that this ... Read full review

Review: Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

Margaret Mead had more notoriety than her contemporaries (compare her to her schoolmate Ruth Benedict, for example). The students of Franz Boas changed anthropology to such a degree that many of the ... Read full review

Contents

Mountain Life
3
A Cooperative Society
14
The Birth of an Arapesh Child
29
Early Influences That Mould
38
The Growth and Initiation of
58
The Pace of Life in a Cannibal Tribe
157
The Structure of Mundugumor Society
166
The Development of the Individual
178
Deviants from the Mundugumor Ideal
211
The Pattern of Tchambuli Social Life
221
The Contrasting Rôles of Tchambuli
229
The Unplaced Tchambuli Man and Woman
247
The Standardisation of SexTemperament
261
The Deviant
271
Conclusion
289
Index and Glossary
301

Youth and Marriage Among
201

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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.

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