Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist, who was frequently a featured writer and speaker in the mass media throughout the 1960s and 1970s. She earned her bachelor degree at Barnard College in New York City, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.
She was both a popularizer of the insights of anthropology into modern American and Western culture and a respected, if controversial, academic anthropologist. Her reports about the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures amply informed the 1960s sexual revolution. Mead was a champion of broadened sexual mores within a context ... more »
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''Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.''Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. As quoted in Woman to Woman by Julia Gilden and Mark Riedman (1994).
''The mind is not sex-typed.''Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Blackberry Winter, ch. 5 (1972).
The negative cautions of science are never popular. If the experimentalist would not commit himself, the social philosopher, the preacher, and the pedagogue tried the harder to give a short- cut answe...Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, ch. 1 (1928).
A society which is clamoring for choice, which is filled with many articulate groups, each urging its own brand of salvation, its own variety of economic philosophy, will give each new generation no p...Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, ch. 14 (1928).
As the traveler who has once been from home is wiser than he who has never left his own doorstep, so a knowledge of one other culture should sharpen our ability to scrutinize more steadily, to appreci...Margaret Mead (1901-1978), U.S. anthropologist. Coming of Age in Samoa, introduction (1928).
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To the living, I am gone.
To the sorrowful, I will never return.
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore, gazing at a beautiful sea - remember me.
As you look in awe at a mighty forest and its grand majesty - remember me.
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity - remember me.
Remember me in your heart, your thoughts, your memories of the times we loved,
the times we cried, the times we fought, the times we ...