The “Fateful Hoaxing” of Margaret Mead

@article{Shankman2013TheH,
  title={The “Fateful Hoaxing” of Margaret Mead},
  author={P. Shankman},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  year={2013},
  volume={54},
  pages={51 - 70}
}
In the Mead-Freeman controversy, Derek Freeman’s historical reconstruction of the alleged hoaxing of Margaret Mead in 1926 relied on three interviews with Fa’apua’a Fa’amū, Mead’s “principal informant,” who stated that she and another Samoan woman had innocently joked with Mead about their private lives. In turn, Freeman argued that Mead believed these jokes as the truth and that they were the basis for her interpretation of adolescent sex in Coming of Age in Samoa. The unpublished interviews… Expand
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