Culture & Society

Margaret Mead’s Sources of Insight

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who famously journeyed to American Samoa in 1925 to study adolescent behavior among the nonliterate peoples of Oceania.

Her book Coming of Age of Samoa is the result of her fieldwork.

Mead was also widely known for her progressive views on sex, providing a key spark on what would become the Sexual Revolution in the 1960s.

Below is a comprehensive list of her sources of insight for her social anthropology studies.

Margaret Mead’s Sources of Insight

Famous Margaret Mead quotes:

Always remember you’re unique. Just like everybody else.

There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing…when we save our children, we save ourselves”

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Margaret Mead
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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger and curious explorer of the world who connects the dots between life, arts, and knowledge.