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Here, for the first time, she presented to the public the idea that the individual experience of developmental stages could be shaped by cultural demands and expectations. Adolescence, she wrote, might be more or less stormy, and sexual development more or less problematic in different cultures. The "civilized" world, she taught us had much to learn from the "primitive." Now this groundbreaking, beautifully written work as been reissued for the centennial of her birth, featuring introductions by Mary Pipher and by Mead's daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson.
"Illuminating and interesting . . . Corroborates, through practical demonstration, the psychosexual theories promulgated by Freud and his pupils." - Dr. A. A. Brill
Table of Contents
|Words for a New Century||p. xi|
|Introduction to the Perennial Classics Edition||p. xv|
|Preface to the 1973 Edition||p. xxiii|
|A Day in Samoa||p. 12|
|The Education of the Samoan Child||p. 16|
|The Samoan Household||p. 29|
|The Girl and Her Age Group||p. 42|
|The Girl in the Community||p. 52|
|Formal Sex Relations||p. 61|
|The Role of the Dance||p. 77|
|The Attitude Towards Personality||p. 86|
|The Experience and Individuality of the Average Girl||p. 92|
|The Girl in Conflict||p. 110|
|Maturity and Old Age||p. 128|
|Our Educational Problems in the Light of Samoan Contrasts||p. 135|
|Education for Choice||p. 161|
|Notes to Chapters||p. 171|
|Methodology of This Study||p. 179|
|Samoan Civilisation as It Is To-day||p. 185|
|The Mentally Defective and the Mentally Diseased||p. 195|
|Materials upon Which the Analysis Is Based||p. 199|
|Sample Record Sheet||p. 201|
|Table I. Showing Menstrual History, Sex Experience and Residence in Pastor's Household||p. 202|
|Table II. Family Structure, and Analysis of Table||p. 203|
|Intelligence Tests Used||p. 206|
|Check List Used in Investigation of Each Girl's Experience||p. 208|
|Index and Glossary||p. 211|
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