What light is shed by the Mead-Freeman debate on core problems in the discipline of anthropology?

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“He attacked Mead in many ways - he told the anthropologists that their God was wrong. In 1925, margaret med spent some nine months in samoa, and as a result of her research there into the

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What light is shed by the Mead-Freeman debate on core problems in the discipline of anthropology?ANT1005NATASHAORR630024403WhatlightisshedbytheMead-Freemandebateoncoreproblemsinthedisciplineofanthropology?HeattackedMeadinmanywayshetoldtheanthropologiststhattheirGodwaswrong.(Fox,MargaretMeadandSamoa,1988)In1925-26,MargaretMeadspentsomeninemonthsinSamoa,andasaresultofherresearchthereintothelifeofadolescentgirls,shepublishedthebook,ComingofAgeinSamoa(1928).ThespecificquestionshefocusedonwasArethedifficultiesofadolescentgirlsduetothephysiologicalchangeswhichtakeplaceinpubertyortothecivilizationinwhichtheygrowup?Herworkwassoonemployedtodisprovetheargumentsofthosewhowereatthattimeemphasizingtheimportanceofbiologicalinheritanceinmouldinghumancharacter.Thiswasknownaseugenicsandcentredontheideathatthehumanracecanbeimprovedbyselectivebreeding.FranzBoas,saidtobethefounderofAmericananthropologyandMeadsprofesso

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