‘I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples – faraway peoples – so that Americans might better understand themselves,’ she once said. As an anthropologist, she did more than perhaps any other individual to popularise her subject and to reveal some of the innumerable permutations in human social organisation, attitudes and gender roles. As an activist, she became a prominent advocate for causes ranging from education and ecology to the women’s movement and nuclear disarmament. Such was her influence that Time magazine named her ‘Mother of the World’ in 1969.
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