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Ruth Benedict: Beyond Relativity, Beyond Pattern (Hardback)

Virginia Heyer Young

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ISBN 10: 0803249195 / ISBN 13: 9780803249196
Edité par University of Nebraska Press, United States, 2005
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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 Equally innovative were her unpublished or little-noticed writings, which covered such topics as cross-cultural attributes of free societies, the national cultures of Thailand and Romania, and the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Heyer Young, draws on these works, on Benedict s correspondence and collaborative work with Margaret Mead, and on unpublished course notes.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. N° de réf. du libraire AAJ9780803249196

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Titre : Ruth Benedict: Beyond Relativity, Beyond ...

Éditeur : University of Nebraska Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2005

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Considered 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 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 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 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, nuanced, and melancholic 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 which was to include many of these key papers and an introduction to them. Virginia Heyer Young is a lecturer emerita in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Virginia.

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