Zitate von Margaret Mead
Geburtstag: 16. Dezember 1901
Todesdatum: 15. November 1978
Margaret Mead war eine US-amerikanische Ethnologin . Sie gilt als eine der entschiedensten Vertreterinnen des Kulturrelativismus im 20. Jahrhundert und ist neben Ruth Fulton Benedict die Hauptvertreterin der Culture and Personality School. Sie vertrat die Auffassung, dass Sozialverhalten formbar und kulturbestimmt sei.
Besonders in den 1960er und in den 1970er Jahren waren ihre Arbeiten sehr populär. Mead galt mit ihren Studien über die Sexualität bei südpazifischen Kulturen als eine Wegbereiterin der sexuellen Revolution. Seit den 1980er Jahren wurde verstärkt Kritik an ihren Forschungsmethoden geübt.
Zitate Margaret Mead
„If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.“
Quelle: 1970s, p. 252-253
„It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.“
Attributed in American Quotations (1992) by Gorton Carruth and Eugene H. Ehrlich, p. 149
„It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary… to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.“
As quoted in Teacher's Treasury of Stories for Every Occasion (1958) by Millard Dale Baughman, p. 69
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„Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.“
Attributed in Talent Development for English Language Learners: Identifying and Developing Potential (2013) by Michael S. Matthews, Ph.D. SBN-13:9781618211057
Variante: Never ever depend on governments or institutions to solve any major problems. All social change comes from the passion of individuals.
„Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For indeed that's all who ever have.“
Quelle: The World Ahead: An Anthropologist Anticipates the Future
Variante: Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.
Man shares the capacity for love and hate, anger and fear, loyalty and grief, with other living creatures. But humour, which has an intellectual as well as an emotional element belongs to man.
Quelle: 1970s, p. 121
"Future Families", in The American People in the Age of Kennedy (1973) edited by David M. Kennedy , p. 108
Kontext: No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back. You can get rid of it if you live in an enclave and keep everybody else out, and bring the children up to be unfit to live anywhere else. They can go on ignoring the family for several generations. But such communities are not part of the main world.
Quote magazine (15 June 1958)
Kontext: When human beings have been fascinated by the contemplation of their own hearts, the more intricate biological pattern of the female has become a model for the artist, the mystic, and the saint. When mankind turns instead to what can be done, altered, built, invented, in the outer world, all natural properties of men, animals, or metals become handicaps to be altered rather than clues to be followed. Women want mediocre men, and men are working hard to be as mediocre as possible.
„Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.“
Twentieth Century Faith : Hope and Survival (1972), p. 61
„One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night.“
Attributed in The Quotable Woman (1991) by the Running Press, p. 53