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Sex-Role Differences In The Mundugmour Tribe

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Margaret Mead looked at the roles of men and women in three different tribes, the Arapesh, the Mundugmour and the Tchambuli. In the Arapesh tribe both men and women were passive, gentle and cooperative. From childhood mutual care and dependency were the main emphasis in the Arapesh society. Mead also found few sex-role differences in the Mundugmour tribe. In the Mundugmour tribe both males and females were found to be aggressive, restrictive and fierce. Children in the Mundugmour tribe were raised in an environment of hostility and lacking in love. However, in the Tchambuli tribe Mead found traditional Western sex-role stereotypes were reversed. The women of the Tchambuli tribe were independent and aggressive, controlling and the main decision
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