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In 1928 Margaret Mead announced her discovery of a culture where free love flourished, and jealousy and adolescent turmoil were unknown. In this work Derek Freeman provides evidence that Mead made a series of errors in her analysis of the Samoan people. Over years of research, Freeman found the Samoan people — far from inhabiting an island paradise — were intensely competitive, with high rates of rape and murder, prizing virginity and were deeply intolerant of pre-marital sex.
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John Derek Freeman (15 August 1916 – 6 July 2001) was a New Zealand anthropologist best known for his criticism of Margaret Mead's work on Samoan society, as described in her 1928 ethnography Coming of Age in Samoa.
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