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October 27, 2004

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Liz Milner

Shame on you for defaming Margaret Mead! Especially since you fail to describe the behavior you label as "infamous!"

All seriousness aside,though, as a fan of Margaret Mead and of the English language, I must take you to task for using the word "infamous" in such an incorrect manner. The word means "scandalous," not "notable." This is truly an infamous abuse of our Mother Tongue and of a great anthropologist!

Frank

Thanks for sharing and for setting the record straight. Since few people have even heard of Mead never mind Malinowski, the point was that she seems to be normally associated with anthropology and ethnography. Hence the words "developed largely by" and "is credited with".

the quotes again:

"Ethnography is a technique developed largely by anthropologist Margaret Mead".

"The famous anthropologist Margaret Mead is credited with founding the area of ethnography within the field of Anthropology".

Thanks again.

Andrew Bolger

Margeret mead invented ethnography? I think not.
Bronislav Malinowski's studies of Trobraind Island society (started whilst he was interned there in WW1) predated Mead. Before Malinowski, anthropologists tended to collect their information from the verandah of the local colonial official, Malinowski, perhaps making a virtue out of necessity, argued that you should live in the village and not only watch what went on but join in, hence 'paricipant observation'.

Andrew Bolger

Margeret mead invented ethnography? I think not.
Bronislav Malinowski's studies of Trobraind Island society (started whilst he was interned there in WW1) predated Mead. Before Malinowski, anthropologists tended to collect their information from the verandah of the local colonial official, Malinowski, perhaps making a virtue out of necessity, argued that you should live in the village and not only watch what went on but join in, hence 'paricipant observation'.

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