The Samoa Reader: Last Word or Lost Horizon?

  title={The Samoa Reader: Last Word or Lost Horizon?},
  author={Ivan A. Brady},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={497 - 500}
  • Ivan A. Brady
  • Published 1 August 1991
  • Psychology
  • Current Anthropology
In I925, the 23-year-old American anthropologist Margaret Mead arrived on the island of Ta'u, in American Samoa, to start her first fieldwork. Her ambitious project was to decide if "the disturbances which vex our adolescents [are] due to the nature of adolescence itself or to civilisation" (Mead I973 [i9281:6). She spent nine months with a study group of about 68 young Samoan girls. Recognizing the scientific control difficulties inherent in such studies and thereby reserving some rights of… 

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