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Margaret Mead was a United States anthropologist whose works, many of them concerned with sexuality or gender and full of comparisons between the customs of 'primitive' societies and those of the contemporary USA, reached a large and popular audience. She is regularly seen as one of the founders of modern anthropology, though her work was controversial from the beginning, attracting vitriolic as well as favourable responses. She also published works about contemporary culture, some of her letters, a book for children, and a volume of autobiography.
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16 December 1901 MM was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, her parents' eldest child. Bibliographic Citation link.
1928 MM published her first important book, Coming of Age in Samoa, A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilization. Bibliographic Citation link.
By November 1977 Harper and Row published in their World Perspectives series MM's Letters from the Field, 1925-1975. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 November 1978 MM died in New York City. Bibliographic Citation link.
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