The Stigma of New Guinea — Reflections of Anthropology and Anthropologists
Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
Copyright 1988, American Anthropological Association.
Central Issues in Anthropology
Volume 8, Issue 1, pages 57–64, June 1988
How to Cite
Iamo, W. (1988), The Stigma of New Guinea — Reflections of Anthropology and Anthropologists. Central Issues in Anthropology, 8: 57–64. doi: 10.1525/cia.19184.108.40.206
- Issue published online: 23 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 23 DEC 2008
This examination of Margaret Mead, by an anthropologist from Papua New Guinea, whose people have been the focus of Dr. Mead's research, provides a sorely needed indigenous viewpoint that will benefit western anthropologists.
Rising scholars in Papua New Buinea regard Margaret Mead's published studies, and those of most western anthropologists, as being more a reflection of western culture than of the people under study. The distortions created by anthropologists have stripped the indigenous people of their dignity and right to determine their own future.