Margaret Mead

American cultural anthropologist (1901–1978) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Margaret Mead (December 16, 1901 – November 15, 1978) was an American cultural anthropologist who featured frequently as an author and speaker in the mass media during the 1960s and the 1970s.[1]

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Margaret Mead
Mead in 1948
Born(1901-12-16)December 16, 1901
DiedNovember 15, 1978(1978-11-15) (aged 76)
New York City, U.S.
Resting placeTrinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Buckingham, Pennsylvania
(m. 1923; div. 1928)
(m. 1928; div. 1935)
(m. 1936; div. 1950)
ChildrenMary Catherine Bateson
RelativesJeremy Steig (nephew)

She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College of Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia. Mead served as president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1975.[2]

Mead was a communicator of anthropology in modern American and Western culture and was often controversial as an academic.[3] Her reports detailing the attitudes towards sex in South Pacific and Southeast Asian traditional cultures influenced the 1960s sexual revolution.[4] She was a proponent of broadening sexual conventions within the context of Western cultural traditions.