[6], Mead introduces the book with a general discussion of the problems facing adolescents in modern society and the various approaches to understanding these problems: religion, philosophy, educational theory, and psychology. [2] However, the anthropology community on the whole has rejected Freeman's claims, concluding that Freeman cherry-picked his data, and misrepresented both Mead's research and the interviews that he conducted.[3][4][5]. Some interesting analyses (in the last two chapters) but overall a bit disappointing. Sorry, Margaret, but I liked Euphoria more. Samoan women in old age "are usually more of a power within the household than the old men. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Dr. Mead forgets too often that that she is an anthropologist and gets her own personality involved with her materials. According to Mead there is normally no greater social failing than demonstrating an excess of pride, or as the Samoans describe it, "presuming above one's age". Thank you so much! It lacks a documental base. She views these as significant because they violate the norms of what Samoans define as good behavior in all other activities and provide a unique outlet for Samoans to express their individuality. Relations flow down from chiefs and heads of households; men designate another man to be their aid and surrogate in courting rituals; men form groups for fishing and other work activities; women form groups based on tasks such as child caring and household relations. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. According to Freeman, all Samoan women emulated the taupou system, and Mead's informants denied having engaged in casual sex as young women and claimed that they had lied to Mead. As a child gets bigger and stronger, he or she gets more work and responsibility. Sex and Temperament: In Three Primitive Societies, Gods of the Upper Air: How a Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, and Gender in the Twentieth Century. [20], They find that, when family members need each other throughout their lives, independence, as expressed in adolescent rebelliousness, is minimal and counterproductive. Mead described the goal of her research as follows: "I have tried to answer the question which sent me to Samoa: Are the disturbances which vex our adolescents due to the nature of adolescence itself or to the civilization? [32]:146, Freeman claimed that "no systematic, firsthand investigation of the sexual behavior of her sample of adolescent girls was ever to be undertaken. In 1988, he participated in the filming of Margaret Mead and Samoa, directed by Frank Heimans, which claims to document one of Mead's original informants, now an elderly woman, swearing that the information she and her friend provided Mead when they were teenagers was false; one of the girls would say of Mead on videotape years later: We girls would pinch each other and tell her we were out with the boys. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. ", "Freeman, Mead, and the eighteenth-century controversy over Polynesian society", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Coming_of_Age_in_Samoa&oldid=985210472, Articles with incomplete citations from December 2019, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2020, Articles with unsourced statements from March 2018, Articles with unsourced statements from April 2019, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat-VIAF identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 24 October 2020, at 16:37. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Something went wrong. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2014, Good so far, had it a while, very interesting. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. We'd love you to buy this book, and hope you find this page convenient in locating a place of purchase. It is better to live as a girl with no responsibility, and a rich variety of experience. [citation needed]. Click here for a list of interest-specific sites grouped by category. Mead studied daily living, education, social structures and dynamics, rituals, etiquette, etc. 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. Mead also describes adolescence and the time before marriage as the high point of a Samoan girl's life: "But the seventeen year old girl does not wish to marry – not yet. They further argue that Samoan culture had changed considerably in the decades following Mead's original research; after intense missionary activity, many Samoans had come to adopt the same sexual standards as the Americans who were once so shocked by Mead's book. Mead describes the many group structures and dynamics within Samoan culture. First published in 1928, the book launched Mead as a pioneering researcher and as the most famous anthropologist in the world. FREE DOWNLOAD!Coming of Age in Samoa is a book by American anthropologist Margaret Mead based upon her research and study of youth on the island of Ta'u in the Samoa Islands which primarily focused on adolescent girls. [32]:139 She sent her conclusions to Boas on March 14[32]:142–143, 146 and with "little left to do"[32]:148 she cut short her trip. Freeman claims Mead's letters to Boas reflect that she was influenced by studies of sexuality from Marquesas Islands, and that she was seeking to confirm the same information by questioning Fa'apua'a and Fofoa. Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020. In a western Samoan village, he documented that 20% of 15 year-olds, 30% of 16 year-olds, and 40% of 17 year-olds had engaged in premarital sex. There are also many rules of etiquette for requesting and granting favors.[8]:39–58. Appell (1984), Brady (1991), Feinberg (1988), Leacock (1988), Levy (1984), Marshall (1993), Nardi (1984), Patience and Smith (1986), Paxman (1988), Scheper-Hughes (1984), Shankman (1996), Young and Juan (1985), and Shankman (2009). Mead devotes a whole chapter to Samoan music and the role of dancing and singing in Samoan culture. Samoans do not keep track of birth days, and they judge maturity not on actual number of years alive, but rather on the outward physical changes in the child. Once she has an understanding of Samoan culture she will delve into the specifics of how adolescent education and socialization are carried out in Samoan culture and contrast it with Western culture. Coming of Age in Samoa is a book by American anthropologist Margaret Mead based upon her research and study of youth on the island of Ta'u in the Samoa Islands which primarily focused on adolescent girls. Adolescents are likely to be rebellious only in industrialized societies practicing neolocal residence patterns (in which young adults must move their residence away from their parents). Moving from household to household is still a thing; night crawling is a right of passage; there are big chiefs and small chiefs.I must confess that my undergrad was in anthropology, but I had avoided reading Mead. Here is a link to download the audio instead. Coming of Age in Samoa is a book by American anthropologist Margaret Mead based upon her research and study of youth – primarily adolescent girls – on the island of Ta'u in the Samoan Islands.The book details the sexual life of teenagers in Samoan society in the early 20th century, and theorizes that culture has a leading influence on psychosexual development. However, soon it got into lots of scientific and statistical gobbeldygook and lost me to boredom. [11] The Intercollegiate Studies Institute listed Coming of Age in Samoa as #1 on its list of the "50 Worst Books of the Twentieth Century".[12]. I had also seen her at a convocation at Ga. State University, when I was a student there in the 60's. Little boys who would be rebuked or whipped for such behavior on any other occasion are allowed to preen themselves, to swagger and bluster and take the limelight without a word of reproach. On the dance floor the dreaded accusation "You are presuming above your age" is never heard. However, the punishment is mostly ritualistic and not meant to inflict serious harm. by Margaret Mead. The household also provides freedom for children including girls. Coming Of Age In Samoa Margaret Mead by Penguin Books Ltd. [16] Freeman pointed out that virginity of the bride is so crucial to the status of Samoan men that they have a specific ritual in which the bride's hymen is manually ruptured in public, by the groom himself or by the chief, making deception via chicken blood impossible. Seller was fine but as a Samoan woman reading this book I was offended and disappointed. Mead’s revolutionary book, dedicated to the girls of Tau, was one of the first studies to pay attention to girls’ lives. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Under different conditions does adolescence present a different picture?

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