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Derek Freeman, - Derek Freeman was born in in New Zealand, and from a very young age was interested in anthropology, tantalized by Margaret Mead's sojurns to Samoa. In , Freeman traveled to Samoa and lived among the natives for three years where he taught and studied the culture.4/5(1). Coming of Age in Samoa is a book by American anthropologist Margaret Mead based upon her research and study of youth on the island of Ta'u in the Samoa Islands which primarily focused on adolescent girls. Mead was 23 years old when she carried out her field work in Samoa. The book is ''Margaret Mead and Samoa: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth'' by Derek Freeman, professor emeritus of anthropology at the Australian National University in Canberra. Margaret Mead, the historical evidence demonstrates, was comprehensively hoaxed by her Samoan informants, and then, in her turn by convincing others of the “genuineness” of her account of Samoa.
A recent book on the controversy— The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy by the anthropologist Paul Shankman of the University of Colorado at Boulder, a specialist. Freeman, professor of anthropology emeritus at the Australian National University, begins by telling the story of a bright young Margaret Mead who traveled to primitive Samoa in to discern whether Samoans were significantly similar or dissimilar in disposition to Western, “civilized” peoples. Summary: In this second chapter, Margaret Mead describes with much detail a regular day at Samoa. She details the activities that each member of a family will do since dawn until past midnight when the day was over. From the smallest kids, to the elders of the villages, Mead captures their daily lives and customs, giving a general idea of how the life at a community like this one is. The third book is "Growing Up In New Guinea" by Margaret Mead. published by Mentor Books first edition. Years of research went into this book wonderful informative book. Following the sensational success of her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead continued her brilliant work in Growing Up in New Rating: % positive.
Her book Coming of Age in Samoa published in based on her studies of adolescent behavior in a Polynesian society became a best-seller and brought its author to the forefront of American anthropology, where she would remain for half a century. tific’ claims in the “Coming of age in Samoa”, are defamatory, and a vicious attack on my lineage, and what the Tuimanu’a(king of Manu’a) and his descendants represents in community morals and family val-ues. Margaret Mead in her wisdom, with the support of Columbia Uni-versity and the American Anthropological Association, made cultural. In Margaret Mead published Coming of Age in Samoa, a fascinating study of the lives of adolescent girls that transformed Mead herself into an academic celebrity. In anthropologist Derek Freeman published a scathing critique of Mead’s . Following the sensational success of her first book, Coming of Age in Samoa, Margaret Mead continued her brilliant work in Growing Up in New Guinea, detailing her study of the Manus, a New Guinea people still untouched by the outside world when she visited them in She lived in their noisy fishing village at a pivotal time -- after warfare had vanished but before missions and global commerce .