Tales from the Jungle: Margaret Mead

BBC Four, 9pm
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From The Times - 15/01/2007, by James Jackson
Kicking off a season of anthropology documentaries on BBC Four over the coming weeks is this colourfully assembled film -part-profile, part-essay -on Margaret Mead and the impact of her famous 1928 tome Coming of Age in Samoa (which detailed a sexually liberated paradise) both in her discipline and in American society. She became America's first lady of science but, years later, her fieldwork was hotly disputed by a fellow academic, Derek Freeman -was her study merely misinterpretation or romantic wishful thinking?

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