Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. An investigation of the thought of primitive children with special reference to animism

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Title: An investigation of the thought of primitive children with special reference to animism

Published in: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland -- Vol. 62

Published By: Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland -- Vol. 62 [London]: [Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland], 1932. 173-190 p.

By line: Margaret Mead

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Manus (OM06)

Subjects: Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Observation in research (123); Tests and schedules administered in the field (125); Personality development (155); Personality traits (157); Animism (774); Eschatology (775); Spirits and gods (776);

Abstract: This paper is a brief preliminary report dealing with the problem of whether or not the thought of primitive children was characterized by '…animistic premise, anthropomorphic interpretation and faulty logic which had been recorded for civilized children' or was basically a process of the social environment. Forty-one Manus children served as subjects for this study and were observed by the author in their home settings, in play groups and at play within the author's own home. These observations were further supplemented by a collection of spontaneous drawings made by the children, by interpretations of ink-blots, and by stimuli in the form of questions introduced by the author which were designed to provoke animistic responses. The data collected by the above means, including the author's final analysis, comprise the remainder of the source. The field work for this project was undertaken among the Manus people during the winter of 1928-1929 where the author worked as a Fellow in the Social Science Research Council.

Document Number: 5

Document ID: om06-005

Document Type: Journal Article

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-190)

Field Date: 1928-1929

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1964

Coverage Date: 1928-1929

Coverage Place: Village of Peri, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Manus (Papua New Guinea people)

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