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Inhaltsangabe: Considered one of the most influential and articulate figures in American anthropology, Ruth Benedict (1887–1948) was trained by Franz Boas and Elsie Clews Parsons and collaborated with the equally renowned anthropologist Margaret Mead, a student of hers 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 of societies, 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 appreciated solely through her more famous works. Equally innovative were her unpublished or little-noticed writings, which covered such topics as cross-cultural attributes of free societies, the national cultures of Thailand and Romania, and the comparison of Asian consensus politics with American political patterns. This biography by one of Benedict's last graduate students, Virginia Heyer Young, draws on these works, on Benedict’s correspondence and collaborative work with Margaret Mead, and on unpublished course notes. Young finds the ordering patterns in the rich materials Benedict left in her papers and demonstrates that Benedict was embarking on new interpretive directions in the last decade of her life—bringing her methods of holistic comparison to bear on contemporary cultures and on the dynamics of social cohesion. Benedict’s work, in fact, anticipated trends in anthropology in the decades to come by projecting a framework of individuals not only shaped by their culture but also using their culture for personal or collective objectives. Young's arresting and nuanced portrait of Benedict in her last years leads one to wonder what direction American anthropology might have taken had Benedict completed the book she was working on at the time of her death.
About the Author: Virginia Heyer Young is a lecturer emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.
Buchbeschreibung Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, c2005. Orig. cloth binding. Dustjacket. xii,379 pp. (Critical studies in the history of anthropology). Contents : Ruth Benedict's life and work -- The search for Boas's successor -- Friendship with Margaret Mead -- Beyond cultural relativity -- Beyond psychological types -- Teachers and students -- Ruth Benedict's contribution to anthropology. -- Appendixes. Introduction: Writing the course "Texts" ; Social organization of primitive peoples ; Personality and culture ; Seminar in contemporary European cultures ; Religions of primitive peoples ; Theory, culture. Condition : very good copy. ISBN 0803249195[KEYWORDS: ANTHROPOLOGY*. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 228712
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