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Truth's fool : Derek Freeman and the war over cultural anthropology / Peter Hempenstall.

Author/creator Hempenstall, Peter J. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Madison, Wisconsin : The University of Wisconsin Press, [2017]
Copyright Notice ©2017
Descriptionxiv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: The Freeman show -- Part I. A heretical life -- The man-most-likely-to -- Preparing for a heretical life -- Mr. Southeast Asia or Mr. Pacific? -- "My Kierkegaardian earthquake" -- Remaking himself -- Face-to-face with the incubus -- "The trouble with Derek is..." -- On the edge -- Part II. The Mead thing -- A not-so-simple journey -- The banquet of consequences -- Hunting heretics -- "We are kin to all that lives" -- Conclusion: Truth's fool?
Abstract In 1983 New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman ignited a ferocious controversy when he denounced the research of Margaret Mead, a world-famous public intellectual who had died five years earlier. Freeman's claims caught the attention of popular media, converging with other vigorous cultural debates of the era. Many anthropologists, however, saw Freeman's strident refutation of Mead's best-selling Coming of Age in Samoa as the culmination of a forty-year vendetta. Others defended Freeman's critique, if not always his tone. Truth's Fool documents an intellectual journey that was much larger and more encompassing than one might imagine if focusing solely on Freeman's criticism of Mead's work. It peels back the prickly layers to reveal the man in all his complexity. Framing this story within anthropology's development in Britain and America, Peter Hempenstall recounts Freeman's mission to turn the discipline from its cultural-determinist leanings toward a view of human culture underpinned by biological and behavioral drivers. Truth's Fool engages the intellectual questions at the center of the Mead-Freeman debate and illuminates the dark spaces of personal, professional, and even national rivalries. -- from back cover.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 293-308) and index.
LCCN 2017010440
ISBN9780299314507 (cloth ; alk. paper)
ISBN0299314502 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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