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MARGARET MEAD (1901-1978)


Biography | Bibliography | 2001 Centennial









Why remember Margaret Mead?

Margaret Mead: Photo copyright Di Gesu

Margaret Mead would have been a hundred years old in December 2001 and her centennial was celebrated in the years leading up to 2001. The life of a single individual can symbolize important abstractions. Mead was committed to anthropology as a human science and to learning from other cultures.

Mead's work spanned many cultures, so she was interested in all areas of difference between groups and how to transcend these. As a scientist, she had a broad sense of the relevance of anthropology to social action. As a public figure, she spoke out on and wrote about race relations, gender roles, culture, environmental justice, education, health and nutrition, child rearing, and self empowerment within communities.

Mead stands as a reminder of the range of issues we must integrate in planning for the future -- for 2001 and all that follows. Let Mead's life, her words and image, touch your imagination. As we move forward, Mead reminds us of the possibility of choice.

Postscript to September 11
What would Margaret Mead say?

Margaret Mead


“Though she was a polymath, equally at home in any branch of the social sciences, Margaret Mead always had a special love for anthropology. She not only tried to make sense of other, less technological cultures, but also wanted to share her clear vision with a broad public.”

Delta Willis
“Ms. Mead’s Hall”
Connoisseur magazine
January 1985


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