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Margaret Mead

Contributions to Contemporary Education


  • Explains and contextualises Margaret Mead's contribution to educational discourses

  • Demonstrates how knowledge of human kind garnered from social anthropology illuminates contemporary problems in the education of young adults

  • Discusses the controversy around Mead's work on young people and her transdisciplinary approach to research


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education book sub series (BRIEFSKEY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kate Maguire
    Pages 1-10
  3. Kate Maguire
    Pages 11-16
  4. Kate Maguire
    Pages 33-48
  5. Kate Maguire
    Pages 49-57
  6. Kate Maguire
    Pages 79-87
  7. Kate Maguire
    Pages 89-96

About this book


This book makes a case for Margaret Mead's contributions to education discourses, which in retrospect appear visionary and profoundly democratic, non judgemental and transdisciplinary, and for their relevance for education today at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Mead combined her substantial skills and knowledge as a linguist, anthropologist and psychologist to draw attention to the primary role of culture and society in identity formation, privileging against sterner perspectives, the idea that the conditions that support the emergence of balanced personalities, able to contribute to society and to progress themselves as individuals, starts with observation of self before that of others. This observation of and reflection on self was for her a necessary demonstration of transparency while close observation of others was ‘an act of love’, much as the artist contemplates his/her subject, that dissolved negative differences of culture, belief and status.


Coming of age in Samoa Cultural anthropology education Education future Education young adults Margaret Mead Social anthropology education Transdisciplinarity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute for Work Based LearningMiddlesex UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Margaret Mead
  • Book Subtitle Contributions to Contemporary Education
  • Authors Kate Maguire
  • Series Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • Series Abbreviated Title SpringerBriefs in Education
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information the Author(s) 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-017-9308-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-017-9309-4
  • Series ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series E-ISSN 2211-193X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 96
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Education
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