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Margaret Mead: The Study of Contemporary Western Culture



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Themes in French Culture

A Preface to a Study of French Community

Margaret Mead with Rhoda Métraux
With an Introduction by Kathryn Anderson-Levitt

152 pages, bibliog.

ISBN  978-1-57181-813-3 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (October 2001)

ISBN  978-1-57181-814-0 $24.95/£17.00 Pb Published (October 2001)


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Margaret Mead collaborated with her long-time colleague Rhoda Métraux in this unique study of French culture. The Hoover Institute at Stanford University originally published this volume, which grew out of the Columbia University project on Research of Contemporary Cultures in 1954. It is one of the few works by American social scientists dealing with broad themes of French life.

Mead and Métraux present a vivid picture of the French starting with the organization of the house and its architecture, and drawing original conclusions for the structure of French families and overall cultural values. This work, long out of print, is a fascinating and penetrating portrait of a contemporary European society.

Margaret Mead served as Curator of Ethnology at the American Museum of Natural History from 1925 to 1969. She began her career with a study of youth and adolescence in Samoan society, published as Coming of Age in Samoa (1928). She published prolifically, becoming a seminal figure in anthropology, and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1979.

Subject: Theory & Methodology in Anthropology General Cultural Studies
Area: France



Contents

Introduction
Margaret Mead

PART I: THEMES IN FRENCH CULTURE
Rhoda Métraux

Chapter 1. The Foyer: The World Within
Chapter 2. Education: The Child in the Foyer
Chapter 3. The Foyer: The World Outside

PART II: THREE BACKGROUND PAPERS

Chapter 4. The Family in the French Civil Code: Adoption and the Tutelle Officieuse
Nelly Schargo Hoyt and Rhoda Métraux

Chapter 5. Plot and Character in Selected French Films: An Analysis of Fantasy
Martha Wolfenstein and Nathan Leites

Chapter 6. An Analysis of French Projective Tests
Theodora M. Abel, Jane Belo, and Martha Wolfenstein

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