With a Daughter’s Eye:A Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, ISBN:9780060975739

2021 January 01 0 By Librarian

With a Daughter’s Eye:A  Memoir of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson,

Author: Mary Catherine Bateson 


Genre(s): ,

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc 



Publication Year: 2001


Finished? No

Signed? No



In “With a Daughter’s Eye,” writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson looks back on her extraordinary childhood with two of the world’s legendary anthropologists, Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. This deeply human and illuminating portrait sheds new light on her parents’ prodigious achievements and stands alone as an important contribution for scholars of Mead and Bateson. But for readers everywhere, this engaging, poignant, and powerful book is first and foremost a singularly candid memoir of a unique family by the only person who could have written it.


  • re-unification of “something and something else” through awareness, and freeing our mind in the process. 


  • Nora Bateson’s discussions on perspectives, perceptions, context, and ecology could be considered by us as the Environment of the system. The patterns, actions of the system would have their corresponding complementary components in the environment. Co-dependent/co-evolution/togetherness is achieved by the author by opening the boundary of the closed linear systems, and facilitating the communications between subjective-subjective systems, between subjective-objective systems, between greedy thinking human system and the loving working natural environment. Bateson’s ultimate goal would be the re-unification of “something and something else” through awareness, and freeing our mind in the process. This seems to be in line with the ultimate goal of ancient Confucianism 大同, Buddhism 無我, Taoism 無極, and Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM 天人合一 (儒釋道醫).