Ruth Benedict: Beyond Relativity, Beyond Pattern (Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology)
Virginia Heyer YoungISBN: 0803249195;
Book DescriptionConsidered one of the most influential and articulate figures in American anthropology, Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) was trained by Franz Boas at Columbia and Elsie Clews Parsons, and collaborated with the equally renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, her student with whom she was for a time romantically involved. When Benedict died suddenly at the age of sixty-one, she was popularly known for two best-selling works: Patterns of Culture, which became an exemplary model of the integration ofsocieties, and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, a study of Japanese culture commissioned by the U.S. Government during World War II. Benedict's lasting contribution to anthropology, however, cannot be fully appreciated solely through her more famous works. Equally innovative were unpublished or little-noticed writings on cross-cultural attributes of free societies, on the national cultures of Thailand and Romania, and a comparison of Asian consensus politics with American political...
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