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Perceptions of Primitive Man (04:01)

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Margaret Mead explains her views on what Mitchell describes as the “happy savage” myth, largely dispelling the notion while referencing the idea of cultural ethos.

Understanding Our Own Society (02:39)

Margaret Mead believes we need to examine our own culture bound notions to consider what people might do. She believes Americans have a narrow notion and anthropology can benefit this society.

Marriage in Civilizations (02:50)

Margaret Mead discusses man's perception of monogamy and polygamy throughout civilizations.

Women in Civilization (03:09)

Margaret Mead discusses the role of women in different societies. She shares her opinions on antagonism between the sexes.

Children in Society (02:09)

Margaret Mead talks about the role of children and the responsibility of their upbringing.

Patriotism in Society (02:07)

Margaret Mead shares her thoughts on war motivating patriotism and the development of nation-hood.

Rate of Change in Civilization (01:54)

Margaret Mead talks about America's perception of the rest of the world "catching up" with us. She believes America will have to change into a new civilization.

Anthropology Looks Back (01:45)

Margaret Mead says an anthropologist looking back will think the future of mankind may have depended on a very few in a certain place. She believes our civilization is distracted by inventions and innovations that evade the major point: survival of the human race.

Medical Knowledge and Humanity (02:28)

Margaret Mead expresses her opinion on the time and effort spent on medical advancement. She believes we will have to broaden the range of people we treat as human.

Role of Man as an Individual (03:14)

Margaret Mead believes that the American view of the individual is largely peculiar. She shares her opinions of religion, the focus of life after death and the definition of an individual.

Margaret Mead on the Future of Man and Anthropology (02:08)

Margaret Mead believes we are at the greatest period in history; human sciences are understanding human behavior more and more, to man's benefit.

Credits: A Conversation with Margaret Mead—From NBC’s Wisdom Series (00:30)

Credits: A Conversation with Margaret Mead—From NBC’s Wisdom Series

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A Conversation with Margaret Mead—From NBC's Wisdom Series

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Providing an intriguing window into cultural anthropology as it was practiced and conceptualized during the mid-20th century, this 1959 NBC interview features renowned researcher Margaret Mead discussing her work with one of her students, William Mitchell. Mead explains her views on what Mitchell describes as the “happy savage” myth, largely dispelling the notion while referencing the idea of cultural ethos—the “emotional tone” of a society—and its variation from group to group. She also deftly articulates (several decades ahead of her time) the manner in which Western development and influences erode the cultural traditions and physical territories of indigenous peoples. Even today, viewers will find Mead’s views on polygamy, morality, women’s roles, and other topics riveting and highly relevant. (29 minutes)

Length: 30 minutes

Item#: BVL43390

ISBN: 978-1-61733-975-2

Copyright date: ©1959

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