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On Creating a Usable Culture: Margaret Mead and the Emergence of American Cosmopolitanism

Maureen A. Molloy


Margaret Mead's career took off in 1928 with the publication of Coming of Age in Samoa. Within ten years, she was the best-known academic in the United States, a role she enjoyed all of her life. This book explores how Mead was influenced by, and influenced, the meanings of American culture and secured for herself a unique and enduring place in the American popular imagination. It considers this in relation to Mead's four popular ethnographies written between the wars, and the academic, middle-brow, and popular responses to them. The book argues that Mead was heavily influenced by the debates ... More

Keywords: Margaret Mead, American culture, ethnography, national culture, alienation, provincialism, integrated culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780824831165
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maureen A. Molloy, author
University of Auckland