Dr. Margaret Mead, who spent the majority of her career studying communities and groups in Indonesia (more specifically Bali), Papua New Guinea, and other parts of broader Micronesia and Polynesia (namely Samoa).

you will need to develop an argumentative thesis about your case study. Ask yourselves these questions: what have we learned so far in class about making the strange familiar? How does one ‘study up’? What evidence can you isolate from the documentaries and the scholars’ own words to support your argument about the behaviors, thought processes, and attitudes of an anthropologist from the 20th century? What anthropological concepts and theories have we learned about thus far that are applicable to analyzing your data and supporting your thesis? There is no outside research required for this assignment, but both individuals have had their share of controversies that have left discernable marks on the anthropological discipline. It might help you make more sense of the broader situation if you do a little background research, but you don’t need to incorporate any additional citations or pieces of scholarship unless you want to.
Mead’s work: Bateson, Gregory and Margaret Mead. 1942. Balinese Character: a Photographic Analysis. New York Academy of Sciences. Read the paragraphs associated with trance, beroek, and hand gestures. P
Response: Roby, Fatimah Tobing. 2006. “The Photogenic Cannot be Tamed: Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson’s Trance and Dance in Bali” Wayne State University Press. Pp. 5-27.
CASE STUDY 2: Dr. Margaret Mead “Trance and Dance in Bali” 1952 film. 21:40 min. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8YC0dnj4Jw