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Buy and Download Description This selection is a speech Mead gave on specifically American cultural premises and patterns concerning work and leisure. It offers a glimpse of her speaking style, reinforced by her robust manner of answering a wide range of questions from an educated lay public. Her speech dates from the era of President Lyndon B. Johnson's "Great Society," a bold domestic initiative to rebuild America through vastly expanded federal programs, including his "war on poverty."
Here we see Mead at her public anthropologist's best in explaining to her lay audience the significance of the Puritan tradition in American history, and some of the reasons why that tradition, with its definitions of work and leisure, constituted an obstacle to the humane resolution of problems faced by the American people during the rapidly changing Sixties. Note, for example, her half-humorous presentation of the distinction that this tradition has imprinted upon American culture, between the disapproved concept of "leisure" and approved concept of "recreation." Indeed, throughout her lecture, she stresses the importance of the role of semantic labels in promoting or obstructing humane cultural change. This selection is a speech Mead gave on specifically American cultural premises and patterns concerning work and leisure. It offers a glimpse of her speaking style, reinforced by her robust manner of answering a wide range of questions from an edu
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