|Publisher||William Morrow & Co|
William Morrow and Co 1956. First Edition. 8vo; Very good condition, pages clean, some shelf wear. Original dust jacket with some wear. 547 pp. (incl. index), +16 pp. of photographic plates exterior to the collation; also illustrated with numerous charts, maps, and line drawings. Black cloth. Margaret Mead (1901- 1978), one of this century's most influential anthropologists, is best known for her highly controversial and even revolutionary works, MALE AND FEMALE and COMING OF AGE IN SAMOA. Through her field work in the South Seas, Mead propounded the still-radical theory that "there is no inherent psychologic difference between the sexes and that the differences that seem and are believed to be inherent are merely the result of social environment and training" (Books of the Century). NEW LIVES FOR OLD makes another important contribution to anthropology in its participant-observer accounts of a society which transformed from a veritable stone-age to a modern and technologically sophisticated one in twenty-five years. Essentially (and literally) providing "before" and "after" snapshots of a culture in transition, NEW LIVES FOR OLD is an invaluable account both of a lost way of life, and of a culture's flexible and creative assimilation into the modern world. Dr. Mead was a key member of the American Anthropological Society, the New York Academy of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Science. She was appointed associate curator of the American Museum of Natural History in 1942, and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1976. She revolutionized the field of anthropology and advanced the cause of feminism with her crucial observation of the sociological nature of sexual difference. New Lives for Old: Cultural Transformations-Manus, 1928-1953 547 pages.