Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies

Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies First published in Sex Temperament is a fascinating and brilliant anthropological study of the intimate lives of three New Guinea tribes from infancy to adulthood Focusing on the gentle mountai

  • Title: Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies
  • Author: Margaret Mead
  • ISBN: 9780060934958
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • First published in 1935, Sex Temperament is a fascinating and brilliant anthropological study of the intimate lives of three New Guinea tribes from infancy to adulthood Focusing on the gentle, mountain dwelling Arapesh, the fierce, cannibalistic Mundugumor, and the graceful headhunters of Tchambuli Mead advances the theory that many so called masculine and feminiFirst published in 1935, Sex Temperament is a fascinating and brilliant anthropological study of the intimate lives of three New Guinea tribes from infancy to adulthood Focusing on the gentle, mountain dwelling Arapesh, the fierce, cannibalistic Mundugumor, and the graceful headhunters of Tchambuli Mead advances the theory that many so called masculine and feminine characteristics are not based on fundamental sex differences but reflect the cultural conditioning of different societies This edition, prepared for the centennial of Mead s birth, features introductions by Helen Fisher and Mead s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson A precursor to Mead s illuminating Male Female, Sex Temperament lays the groundwork for her lifelong study of gender differences.

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    1. I learned that I live in bubble, and that exploring other worlds, cultures, beliefs, as well as adopting a multiple truths approach to lifeould climb up to the top of my to do list.

    2. I feel like it's unfair to give such an important anthropological work a low rating, but in terms of my personal enjoyment of the book, it really was "just okay." Like most early anthropological texts, the writing is dry. Margaret Mead positions herself distantly from her "subjects," and looks at the three New Guinean societies with an etic perspective. I think it's worth looking at if you're a student interested in how the early study of anthropology impacted feminism or gender roles (i.e. the [...]

    3. Margaret Mead had more notoriety than her contemporaries (compare her to her schoolmate Ruth Benedict, for example). The students of Franz Boas changed anthropology to such a degree that many of the criticisms of their work tend to blame them for not going far enough along the trails they blazed. People in Mead's time tended, for example, to criticize her for getting TOO much involved in the personal experiences of her 'subjects'--now she's considered too dry and impersonal. Mead was a puckish, [...]

    4. Una excelente etnografía sobre la diferencia sexual, que muestra, además, la importancia de la diversidad y los problemas de la desigualdad.

    5. O livro tem um valor histórico de posicionar características que antes eram atribuídas a homens ou a mulheres como sendo condicionadas socialmente. No entanto, é preciso ler o livro também com os olhos de hoje, além de ler com os olhos da época. A autora se centra em mostrar, ancorada na psicologia, como homens e mulheres podem ter condicionados diferentes "temperamentos". A autora toma homens e mulheres como dados naturais, ao passo de que a cultura ficaria reservado apenas um molde espe [...]

    6. attraverso lo studio delle abitudini e dei costumi di tre popolazioni della nuova guinea, margaret mead ci fa vedere l'influsso del sesso sul temperamento e ci mostra che le differenze tra uomini e donne sono spesso create dai condizionamenti sociali. studio degli anni 30, molto chiaro e affascinante- da perdercisi dentro.

    7. Very well written, but very dated compared to our current society. I can definitely see why it caused controversary at the time of its publishing. Excellent example of our studies of other peoples, and our biases inherent in those studies.

    8. This book was written in 1935 and writing style/language being indicative of that time period was somewhat dry and formal. This is understandable because of both the time frame and the fact that this book was written for educational purposes/scholarly audiences. This made the book somewhat of a long read. However, Margaret Mead did a fantastic job of addressing her initial concern, that of the differences in male and female behavior in the context of cultural norms. She was able to follow three [...]

    9. This ethnography discusses the different gender roles in three different cultures, each located in the same country: New Guinea. The Arapesh believe that both women and men become pregnant when the woman is pregnant, and will perform the same child rearing duties as women. The Mundugumor are cannabalistic and both men and women do not give a lot of physical affection to their children. The Tchambuli men believe that art is important, and it is their role in society to pursue the arts while the w [...]

    10. Il carattere antropologico del libro è già un punto a favore nel mio giudizio. Amo i saggi e le costruzioni narrative intorno ad esso, le esplorazioni più inconsuete ed approfondite. La fortuna di questo libro impegnativo è che riesce a sfatare la naturale convinzione che il sesso dia origine di per sé a differenti temperamenti. Il pensiero che possano trattarsi di condizioni socialmente realizzate anziché biologiche è difficile da comprendere, ma avventurandosi nella lettura attenta di d [...]

    11. Bien que les théories de Margaret Mead aient été remises en cause de nombreuses fois, ses observations des tribus océaniennes nous montrent à quel point la société façonne l'être humain et que rien n'est "prédéfini". Agréable à lire, on s'imagine très bien se retrouver au milieu d'un village Arapesh ou à une fête Chambuli. Margaret Mead nous donne à travers ce livre une vision des relations homme-femme; non seulement dans les sociétés claniques, mais nous renvoie également au [...]

    12. Culture provides us with roles connected with values, these roles are shaping our behaviour, but it also limits our potential where our personality is not in agreement with these roles Society needs to provide many more sets of roles, not limited by sex, social gifts or status. Schools, families, working places should allow greater variety in values, expressing higher tolerance with diversityGood summary and introduction in this book, feels fresh after 60 years.

    13. Interesting study of sexual mores and beliefs in "primitive" societies. They seem a lot less primitive than some Americans I know, frankly. Only the chauvinsim of the age allowed the author to describe them that way. There's more to living than cars and flush toilets!

    14. I hate to say this but it just didn't capture my attention for very long. I suppose the problem is that I went into this reading it as a lay person but the writing was a bit too dry for me to be swept up into it.

    15. margaret mead's classic work in feminist anthropology. she scopes out various native tribes in new guinea, where gender dynamics are different, or somewhat reverse, of the western definitions.

    16. The ethnography of each tribe could occasionally become tedious, but the big picture analysis and conclusions at the end made it worth the read.

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