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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Mead, Margaret, 1901-1978
New lives for old: cultural transformation--Manus,
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Morrow. 1956. xxi, 548 p. ill., map
By line: Author's name as appearing in the actual publication
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.
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);
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.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 529-532)
Field Date: The date the researcher conducted the fieldwork or archival research that produced the document
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
Analyst: The HRAF anthropologist who subject indexed the document and prepared other materials for the eHRAF culture/tradition collection.
Hesung C. Koh ; 1962
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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)