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Culture and Commitment: A Study of the Generation Gap


reviewed by Nobuo Shimahara 1970

coverTitle: Culture and Commitment: A Study of the Generation Gap
Author(s): Margaret Mead
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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The problem of the generational process has been Mead's long­standing concern throughout her outstanding professional career be­ginning with her research on Samoan adolescents in the late 1920's. Her contribution to the understanding of youth and cultural change (among others in the area of culture and personality) made her prominent not only in anthropology but also in cross-disciplinary fields and journalism. She has written a number of articles on Ameri­can education and has been an outspoken critic of American edu­cation and culture. Perhaps the timely publication of Culture and Commitment was anticipated by sensitive students of contemporary culture who have given attention to Mead's frequent commentaries on American youth. But even for her, this was a bold attempt because she had to reduce her enormous miscellaneous observations on cultural process and generation change to a little over a hundred pages. It created un­fortunate burdens which Mead must bear as her readers scrutinize her work. For without adequate regard for the variations and complex­ity of the issue discussed, Mead makes... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 1, 1970, p. 159-161
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1708, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 3:56:14 AM

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