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Continuities in Cultural Evolution - Margaret Mead

Continuities in Cultural Evolution

By: Margaret Mead (Editor), Stephen E. Toulmin (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: 1st June 1999
ISBN: 9780765806048
Number Of Pages: 526

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Margaret Mead once said, "I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples--faraway peoples--so that Americans might better understand themselves." Continuities in Cultural Evolution is evidence of this devotion. All of Mead's efforts were intended to help others learn about themselves and work toward a more humane and socially responsible society. Scientist, writer, explorer, and teacher, Mead brought the serious work of anthropology into the public consciousness.

This volume began as the Terry Lectures, given at Yale in 1957 and was not published until 1964, after extensive reworking. The time she spent on revision is evidence of the importance Mead attached to the subject: the need to develop a truly evolutionary vision of human culture and society. This was desirable in her eyes both in order to reinforce the historical dimension in our ideas about human culture, and to preserve the relevance of historical and cultural diversity to social, economic, and political action. Given the present state of academic and public discourse alike, this volume speaks to us in a language we badly need to recover.

Margaret Mead (19011978) was associated with the American Museum of Natural History in New York for over 50 years. Her early work on child-rearing and personality resulted in such works as Coming of Age in Samoa (1928), Growing up in New Guinea (1930), and Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935). After collaborating with Ruth Benedict in developing the application of anthropology to contemporary cultures, she focused increasingly on processes of culture change, in such works as New Lives for Old: Cultural Transformation--Manus, 1928-1953 (1956), Culture and Commitment (1970), and Rap on Race (with James Baldwin, 1971). She taught at Columbia University and the New School for Social Research.

Stephen E. Toulmin is the Henry R. Luce Professor for the Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies at the University of Southern California. His works include The Inner Life, the Outer Mind; Cosmopolis: The Hidden Agenda of Modernity; and Beyond Theory.

-Margaret Mead lives on. She is with us in the brilliant studies she conducted on human behavior; she lives on in the many books she has authored; her ideas thrive in the minds of her students whom she stimulated with her zeal and zest for the search for knowledge and truth.-

--Senator Jacob K. Javits, The Congressional Report

-Margaret Mead was a unique person, prodigious in her work and achievements. She almost single-handedly represented us to the public by her gift for depicting, beautifully and with deep respect, other cultures and other peoples.-

--Donald F. Tuzin and Theodore Schwartz, Oceania "Margaret Mead lives on. She is with us in the brilliant studies she conducted on human behavior; she lives on in the many books she has authored; her ideas thrive in the minds of her students whom she stimulated with her zeal and zest for the search for knowledge and truth."

--Senator Jacob K. Javits, The Congressional Report

"Margaret Mead was a unique person, prodigious in her work and achievements. She almost single-handedly represented us to the public by her gift for depicting, beautifully and with deep respect, other cultures and other peoples."

--Donald F. Tuzin and Theodore Schwartz, Oceania "Margaret Mead lives on. She is with us in the brilliant studies she conducted on human behavior; she lives on in the many books she has authored; her ideas thrive in the minds of her students whom she stimulated with her zeal and zest for the search for knowledge and truth."

--Senator Jacob K. Javits, The Congressional Report

"Margaret Mead was a unique person, prodigious in her work and achievements. She almost single-handedly represented us to the public by her gift for depicting, beautifully and with deep respect, other cultures and other peoples."

--Donald F. Tuzin and Theodore Schwartz, Oceania

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Introduction to the Transaction Editionp. xi
Prefacep. xxv
Introductionp. xxxi
The Climate of Opinion and the Study of Evolutionp. 3
Stress on Continuityp. 24
Conditions of Early Forms of Cultural Transmissionp. 36
Evolutionary Implications of Learning by Empathy, Imitation, and Identificationp. 54
Evolutionary Significance of Transmission of Culture through Artifactsp. 83
Borderlines between Learning and Teachingp. 107
Directionality of Human Evolutionp. 145
The Unit of Cultural Micro-Evolutionp. 170
The Paliau Movement in the Admiraltiesp. 192
The Conditions of Conscious Participation in the Evolutionary Processp. 237
The Conditions of Scientific Participationp. 249
Difficulties in Creating Evolutionary Clustersp. 264
An Evolutionary Focus for Thinkingp. 282
Ongoing Social Formsp. 293
Possible Forms of Centers with an Evolutionary Potentialp. 303
Invoking the Futurep. 316
Appendices
Micro- and Macro-Cultural Models for Cultural Evolution, Theodore Schwartz and Margaret Meadp. 327
Seven Pacific Culturesp. 336
Bibliographical Considerationsp. 358
Notesp. 365
Referencesp. 423
Index of Sourcesp. 465
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ISBN: 9780765806048
ISBN-10: 0765806045
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 526
Published: 1st June 1999
Publisher: TRANSACTION PUBL
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.69
Edition Type: New edition