Polynesian Sexuality: The Western Myth
Presses Universitaires de France
Does Polynesian culture foster sexual liberty among adolescents? In 1928, ethnologist Margaret Mead claimed to have observed this phenomenon in the Islands of Samoa. In reality, Mead reproduced an ancient Western myth. Serge Tcherkezoff reveals this mechanism of past errors and presents here the results of a recent, groundbreaking inquiry on the cultural representations of sexuality in Samoa. Tcherkezoff's analysis contrasts masculine and feminine representations of sexuality in Samoa, surpassing the "Mead-Freeman" debate.
Serge Tcherkezoff : Serge Tcherkezoff is a professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.