Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978. New lives for old: cultural transformation--Manus, 1928-1953

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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records

Title: New lives for old: cultural transformation--Manus, 1928-1953

Published By: Original publisher New York: Morrow. 1956. xxi, 548 p. ill., map

By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication Margaret Mead

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: Human Relations Area Files, 2005. Computer File

Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis. Manus (OM06)

Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Observation in research (123); Acculturation and culture contact (177); Sociocultural trends (178); Exchange transactions (437); External relations (648); Political movements (668); Disasters (731); Congregations (794); Missions (797); Difficult and unusual births (845); Childhood activities (857); Techniques of socialization (861); Transmission of skills (868);

Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document This volume is an extension of the author's earlier work, GROWING UP IN NEW GUINEA, published in 1930. It is based on her study of Manus in the Admiralty Islands in 1953, twenty-five years after her original field study. The main problems of research were to discover what 'really happened' to transform the Manus people so rapidly, and what was the impact of change on individuals who experienced such change. In analyzing the dynamics of culture change of Manus, the author discusses the impact of American military occupation, the characteristics and the role of the Manus leader, the socio-religious-political reform movements; the socialization process of the Manus children and their character formation in relation to the character structure of those who developed them; and new institutions such as their democratic decision-making mechanism, money, economy, schools, medical clinics, etc. The author deals with a rather comprehensive range of factors involved in the culture change utilizing an interdisciplinary approach and the comparative method. However, her free style of shifting back and forth the data of the past and the present, the local situation and the greater New Guinea situation, and the Manus problems and the Euro-American culture makes it difficult for the reader to follow her discussions closely. The quality of the ethnographic data is uneven. The appendices reveal the author's view that the new role of anthropologists is to be not only the researcher but also to be the consultant and agent of change. This book is designed for non-professionals as well as the professional. In spite of its diffuseness, this study will be of value to those who are interested in culture change and planned change. The author's polemic against the general educational theory is noteworthy.

Document Number: HRAF's in-house numbering system derived from the processing order of documents 2

Document ID: HRAF's unique document identifier. The first part is the OWC identifier and the second part is the document number in three digits. om06-002

Document Type: May include journal articles, essays, collections of essays, monographs or chapters/parts of monographs. Monograph

Language: Language that the document is written in English

Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 529-532)

Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document 1928-1929, 1953

Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data Ethnologist-5

Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection. Hesung C. Koh ; 1962

Coverage Date: The date or dates that the information in the document pertains to (often not the same as the field date). 1953

Coverage Place: Location of the research culture or tradition (often a smaller unit such as a band, community, or archaeological site) Admiralty Islands, Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings Manus (Papua New Guinea people)


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