Sex and Temperament: In Three Primitive Societies
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 SocietiesUser 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 SocietiesUser Review - Javier - Goodreads
The ethnography of each tribe could occasionally become tedious, but the big picture analysis and conclusions at the end made it worth the read. Read full review
Deviants from the Mundugumor Ideal
The Pattern of Tchambuli Social Life
The Contrasting Rôles of Tchambuli
The Unplaced Tchambuli Man and Woman
The Standardisation of SexTemperament
Index and Glossary
Youth and Marriage Among