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And Keep Your Powder Dry : An Anthropologist Looks at America - Margaret Mead

And Keep Your Powder Dry

An Anthropologist Looks at America

By: Margaret Mead, Herve Varenne (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st July 2000
ISBN: 9781571812186
Number Of Pages: 256

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Margaret Mead wrote this comprehensive sketch of the culture of the United States - the first since de Tocqueville - in 1942 at the beginnning of the Second World War, when Americans were confronted by foreign powers from both Europe and Asia in a particularly challenging manner. Mead's work became an instant classic. It was required reading for anthropology students for nearly two decades, and was widely translated. It was revised and expanded in 1965 for a second generation of readers. Among the more controversial conclusions of her analysis are the denial of class as a motivating force in American culture, and her contention that culture is the primary determinant for individual character formation. Her process remains lucid, vivid, and arresting. As a classic study of a complex western society, it remains a monument to anthropological analysis.

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A sharp, discerning and quite fascinating study of the character structure of America, what we are ourselves, what made us this way and what we have which will enable us to win the war and form the postwar world. I know of no other book which does quite this, and as she rightly says, an anthropologist has a very different way of looking at people and problems. First, an analysis of our psychological equipment, the role of parents, of class distinction, the dominating success motive, education, youth, our brand of aggressiveness. Secondly, a reconciliation of the American and war; our weaknesses, our too great dependence on authority, the need for control - but a limited one; our assets, our flexibility, our practical skill, all valuable factors in the setting of tomorrow's world, a world which will assimilate the virtues of many cultures. She writes extremely well, making something which sounds abstract, theoretical, limited,of immediacy and interest to all. (Kirkus Reviews)

Series Preface
America According to Margaret Mead
Preface - 1965
Preface from England - 1943
Introduction - 1965
Introduction - 1942p. 1
Clearing the Airp. 9
We Are All Third Generationp. 17
The Class Handicapp. 34
The European in Our Midstp. 44
Parents, Children and Achievementp. 51
Brothers and Sisters and Successp. 63
Are Today's Youth Different?p. 73
The Chip on the Shoulderp. 88
Fighting the War American Stylep. 101
Are Democracy and Social Science Compatible Each with Each?p. 112
If We Are to Go Onp. 123
Building the World Newp. 138
These Things We Can Dop. 159
The Years Between: 1943-1965p. 167
Bibliographical Note - 1942p. 198
Bibliography - 1942p. 199
Bibliographical Note - 1965p. 206
Bibliography - 1965p. 210
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ISBN: 9781571812186
ISBN-10: 1571812180
Series: Modern German Studies
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st July 2000
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.89  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Type: New edition