The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy

  title={The Trashing of Margaret Mead: Anatomy of an Anthropological Controversy},
  author={A. Dreger},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
  • A. Dreger
  • Published 2011
  • Psychology
  • Archives of Sexual Behavior
Shankman’s masterful account of anthropologist Derek Freeman’s‘‘trashing ofMargaretMead’’amounts to everything you really want in a history of an alleged scientific controversy: it is scholarly, readable, interdisciplinary, thorough, and juicy. Shankman, a professor of anthropology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, proves in this work what I always tell students inmy graduate history ofmedicine course: you don’t need to be trained as an historian to do good history; you just have to be… Expand
The Public Anthropology of Margaret Mead: Redbook, Women’s Issues, and the 1960s
Margaret Mead was anthropology’s most significant public voice during the twentieth century. Her monthly columns in Redbook magazine (1962–1978), which had a subscription base of more than 3 millionExpand
Pars Pro Toto Observation: Historical Anthropology in the Textual Field of Rasulid Yemen
This essay addresses the suggestion made over a century ago by F. W. Maitland that anthropology must choose between being history and being nothing. At the time Maitland was correct in criticizingExpand
Geoffrey Gorer and Féral Benga, a Collaboration
We now expect that an anthropologist's temperament and life experience, including personal and academic relationships with key informants, shape at least to a degree that person's scholarly interestExpand
“Arapesh Warfare”: Reo Fortune's Veiled Critique of Margaret Mead's Sex and Temperament
ABSTRACT  In Sex and Temperament (1935), Margaret Mead depicted the Mountain Arapesh as a nurturing, peace-loving people. But Mead's second husband and fieldwork partner, Reo Fortune, disagreed withExpand
The Samoan Side: How Sia Figiel Debunks Orientalism in Where We Once Belonged
The result of the first (and the subsequent) contact between the West and the East is an Oriental documentation, colonial establishment and notional subject-making of the East by the supposedlyExpand
In search of Derek Freeman
Abstract Truth’s Fool is a sympathetic biography of Derek Freeman, the anthropologist best known for his scathing critique of Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa. Hempenstall, a historian,Expand
Book Review: Pedro Monteiro and Thomas Roulet review Interrogating Ethnography: Why Evidence Matters by Steven Lubet
Social scientists – and especially those who subscribe to an interpretive stance, as most ethnographers do – have found themselves many times having to defend their craft from competing paradigms andExpand
Books Received
  • Current Anthropology
  • 2010
them alternative means of livelihood, the limited success of these efforts further reinforces the grim realities for the women victims of this brutal civil war. This book is most certainly not anExpand
Borneo and Beyond: Reflections on Borneo Studies, Anthropology and the Social Sciences
This overview of research on Borneo, which moves on from Chap. 2, draws attention to Borneo-wide studies, reference materials, bibliographies and a range of sources of information. It arranges theExpand
The Mead–Freeman Controversy Continues: A Reply to Ian Jarvie
In the Mead–Freeman controversy, Ian Jarvie has supported much of Derek Freeman’s critique of Margaret Mead’s Coming of Age in Samoa, arguing that Samoan society was sexually repressive rather thanExpand


Darkness’s Descent on the American Anthropological Association
The author intends the work to function as a cautionary tale to scholarly associations, which have the challenging duty of protecting scholarship and scholars from baseless and sensationalistic charges in the era of the Internet and twenty-four-hour news cycles. Expand
Shame and Narcissistic Rage in Autogynephilic Transsexualism
  • A. Lawrence
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Archives of sexual behavior
  • 2008
The duration, intensity, and sheer savagery of the campaign waged by many of Bailey’s MtF transsexual opponents is astonishing, especially given that Bailey's book sold only about 4200 copies and probably would have received little attention, in either its print or Internet versions, were it not for the publicity that his opponents themselves created. Expand
The Controversy Surrounding The Man Who Would Be Queen: A Case History of the Politics of Science, Identity, and Sex in the Internet Age
  • A. Dreger
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Archives of sexual behavior
  • 2008
This essay provides a thorough exegesis of the book’s treatment of transsexuality and includes a comprehensive investigation of the merit of the charges made against Bailey that he had behaved unethically, immorally, and illegally in the production of his book. Expand
The controversy surrounding‘‘TheManWhoWould
  • 2008