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The Resource On creating a usable culture : Margaret Mead and the emergence of American cosmopolitanism, Maureen A. Molloy

On creating a usable culture : Margaret Mead and the emergence of American cosmopolitanism, Maureen A. Molloy

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On creating a usable culture : Margaret Mead and the emergence of American cosmopolitanism
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On creating a usable culture
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Margaret Mead and the emergence of American cosmopolitanism
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Maureen A. Molloy
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eng
Summary
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. In On Creating a Usable Culture, Maureen Molloy 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. She considers this in relation to Mead's four popular ethnographies written between the wars (Coming of Age in Samoa, Growing Up in New Guinea, The Changing Culture of an Indian Tribe, and Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies) and the academic, middle-brow, and popular responses to them. Molloy argues that Mead was heavily influenced by the debates concerning the forging of a distinctive American culture that began around 1911 with the publication of George Santayana's "The Genteel Tradition." The creation of a national culture would solve the problems of alienation and provincialism and establish a place for both native-born and immigrant communities. Mead drew on this vision of an "integrated culture" and used her "primitive societies" as exemplars of how cultures attained or failed to attain this ideal. Her ethnographies are really about "America," the peoples she studied serving as the personifications of what were widely understood to be the dilemmas of American selfhood in a materialistic, individualistic society. Two themes subtend Molloy's analysis. The first is Mead's articulation of the individual's relation to his or her culture via the trope of sex. Each of her early ethnographies focuses on a "character" and his or her problems as expressed through sexuality. This thematic ties her work closely to the popularization of psychoanalysis at the time with its understanding of sex as the key to the self. The second theme involves the change in Mead's attitude toward and definition of "culture"--The cultural determinism in Coming of Age to culture as the enemy of the individual in Sex and Temperament. This trend parallels the consolidation and objectification of popular and professional notions about culture in the 1920s and 1930s. On Creating a Usable Culture will be eagerly welcomed by those with an interest in American studies and history, cultural studies, and the social sciences, and most especially by readers of American intellectual history, the history of anthropology, gender studies, and studies of modernism
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1949-
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Molloy, Maureen
Dewey number
973
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A1
LC item number
M63 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Mead, Margaret
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology in popular culture
  • Anthropology in literature
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • United States
  • Mead, Margaret
  • World War (1939-1945)
  • HISTORY
  • HISTORY
  • Anthropology
  • Anthropology in literature
  • Anthropology in popular culture
  • Cosmopolitanism
  • Manners and customs
  • Social aspects
  • United States
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On creating a usable culture : Margaret Mead and the emergence of American cosmopolitanism, Maureen A. Molloy
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-192) and index
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online resource
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multicolored
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The problem of American culture -- The "jungle flapper" : civilization, repression, and the homogenous society -- "Lords of an empty creation" : masculinity, puritanism, and cultural stagnation -- "Every woman deviating from the code" : cultural lag, moral contagion, and social disintegration -- "Maladjustment of a worse order" : temperament, psychosexual misidentification, and the refuge of private life -- On creating a usable culture
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257521556
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online
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9781435666511
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rdamedia
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c
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(OCoLC)257521556
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On creating a usable culture : Margaret Mead and the emergence of American cosmopolitanism, Maureen A. Molloy
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-192) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The problem of American culture -- The "jungle flapper" : civilization, repression, and the homogenous society -- "Lords of an empty creation" : masculinity, puritanism, and cultural stagnation -- "Every woman deviating from the code" : cultural lag, moral contagion, and social disintegration -- "Maladjustment of a worse order" : temperament, psychosexual misidentification, and the refuge of private life -- On creating a usable culture
Control code
257521556
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (x, 200 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781435666511
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt62t6qh
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)257521556

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