Coming of Age in Samoa: A Psychological Study of Primitive Youth for Western Civilisation

Born to professor of finance Edward Mead and sociologist Emily Mead, Margaret Mead worked with Franz Boas at Columbia University to obtain her Ph.D. in cultural anthropology. She was one of the first to study the role of women, when she went to Samoa in 1925 to conduct fieldwork, which resulted in this famous book.

This book details her historic journey to American Samoa, taken where she was just twenty-three, where she did her first fieldwork.

In 1928 she then announced her stunning discovery of a culture in which the storm and stress of adolescence didn’t exist. The resulting book, “Coming of Age in Samoa” has since become a classic – and the best-selling anthropology book of all time, still republished over and over again.

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