Quest for the Real Samoa: The Mead/Freeman Controversy and Beyond-Lowell D. Holmes

  • Title: Quest for the Real Samoa: The Mead/Freeman Controversy and Beyond
  • Author: Lowell D. Holmes
  • Released: 1988-03-30
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  • Pages: 211
  • ISBN: 0897891627
  • ISBN13: 978-0897891622
  • ASIN: 0897891627


From Library Journal While Derek Freeman's Margaret Mead and Samoa ( LJ 5/1/83) is certainly the most celebrated examination of Mead's ideas about Samoan culture, it is neither the first nor the best. In the mid-1950s, Holmes conducted research in the community where Mead had originally studied and found her work quite credible. Here he both reports on his restudy and tries to explain why Freeman arrived at such radically different conclusions. This book is important not only for its careful descriptions of Samoan life throughout the 20th century, but because it summarizes the critiques of Freeman's book that have appeared in professional journals worldwide. Glenn Petersen, Sociology & Anthropology Dept., Baruch Coll., CUNY
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate edition.

Review "Thanks to Homes' compelling review of the great debate, ' we see [all these things] more clearly because he is acting as more than just an informed guide to the facts and the issues; he is providing an insightful exposition on the nature of anthropological inquiry."-Science Books & Films pdf
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