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Gregory Bateson was an English anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, visual anthropologist, semiotician and cyberneticist whose work intersected that of many other fields.
He was born in as the third and youngest son of [Caroline] Beatrice Durham and the geneticist William Bateson. Resisting family pressures to follow in his father's footsteps, he completed his degree in anthropology instead of natural science, and left England to do field work in New Guinea.
It was on his second trip there, in , that he met his fellow anthropologist Margaret Mead , whom he later married; their only child, Mary Catherine Bateson, is also an anthropologist. Bateson and Mead were divorced in , but they continued to collaborate professionally and maintained their friendship until Mead's death in In the years to follow, Bateson became a visiting professor of anthropology at Harvard ; later was appointed research associate at the Langley Porrer Neuropsychiatric Institute in San Francisco; worked as ethnologist at the Palo Alto Veterans Administration Hospital where he developed the double-bind theory of schizophrenia and formulated a new theory of learning.
He worked with dolphins at the Oceanographic Institute in Hawaii and taught at the University of Hawaii. In he joined the University of California at Santa Cruz. In the s, Bateson and Mead conducted an ambitious photography and film project in Bali, inspired by Mead's conviction that visual anthropology could serve a scientific, objective method.
They studied the people of the Balinese village Bajoeng Gede. David Lipset states that "in the short history of [their] ethnographic fieldwork, film was used both on a large scale and as the primary research tool". They took around 25, photographs, and also shot a short documentary Trance and Dance in Bali , which was not released until Bateson with Margaret Mead in the late s.
Pasos Hacia Una Ecologia de La Mente (Spanish Edition)
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Pasos hacia una ecología de la mente