Childhood Rivalry in Bali - CultureThroughFilm Spring2009...

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Culture Through Film Spring 2009 kta Childhood Rivalry in Bali and New Guinea Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, Filmmakers 1952, 17 m, Background Mead and Bateson (but particularly Mead) produced works that were foundational to the  field of visual anthropology.  They were advocates for using film as a means of recording  and studying culture.  This film centers around a series of scenes comparing the  responses of Balinese and Iatmul children of the same age to the mother's attending to  another baby, to the ear piercing of a younger sibling, and to the experimental  presentation of a doll.  While Mead and Bateson’s enthusiasm and inventiveness  broadened the anthropological use of film, their goals remained scientific: their films  were intended to capture and present patterns of daily life (such as child rearing and 
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