Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead was the most famous anthropologist of her time; her views often shaped popular movements such as the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901—November 15, 1978) was born in Philadelphia and earned her doctorate from Columbia University. Her best-selling books Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) and Growing Up in New Guinea (1930) explored human development within different cultures and tried to apply lessons from other cultures to Western society. Her views were often influential on the general public, and affter research in Manus she became further convinced that societies could adapt, culminating in her expression “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

Margaret Mead appears in the following:

Margaret Mead on the Family

Tuesday, March 09, 1965

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Talk to: Annual Meeting of Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies.

Dr. Margaret Mead speaks about the "family" . She says it is the toughest social structure and has ...


Culture And Communication

Friday, April 30, 1954

An all-star panel discusses education and practices in different societies.


Must Men Fight?

Monday, January 01, 1900

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Dr. Malcolm Sharp of the University of Chicago School of Law moderates a discussion of whether human beings are inherently violent and what might be done to curb violence and prevent the annihilation of the ...