Scrambling on Defense: An Anatomy of Anthropological Responses to the Mead/Freeman Controversy

@inproceedings{Strikwerda2012ScramblingOD,
  title={Scrambling on Defense: An Anatomy of Anthropological Responses to the Mead/Freeman Controversy},
  author={R. Strikwerda},
  year={2012}
}
In 1984 Derek Freeman launched a crusade against Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa, claiming to have definitively falsified her central claims. Anthropologists responded in a proliferating variety of ways, while failing to project scientific coherence. Underlying anthropology’s inability was its changing, and increasingly fissuring, conception of itself as a discipline. Was it a humanistic field or a science, and if a science what kind of science? Most saliently revealed was the discipline… Expand