Ruth Benedict: A Humanist in Anthropology / Edition 30

Ruth Benedict: A Humanist in Anthropology / Edition 30

by Margaret Mead
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231134916

ISBN-13: 9780231134910

Pub. Date: 10/26/2005

Publisher: Perseus (for Columbia University Press)

By weaving discussions of the personal and professional writings of Ruth Benedict (1887--1948), Margaret Mead offers a deeply insightful portrait of a woman who overcame the barriers of sexism to become one of the most compelling intellectual figures in twentieth-century American life. In this work, Mead defends Benedict's humanistic approach to anthropology and

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By weaving discussions of the personal and professional writings of Ruth Benedict (1887--1948), Margaret Mead offers a deeply insightful portrait of a woman who overcame the barriers of sexism to become one of the most compelling intellectual figures in twentieth-century American life. In this work, Mead defends Benedict's humanistic approach to anthropology and considers her most important works.

Benedict's work is also presented in the context of her personal life. Benedict was a shy young woman who felt alienated from her conservative family and society's expectations. Ultimately, she defined her life through her extraordinary work in anthropology and a commitment to public service. Benedict believed that anthropology should speak to contemporary ethical and political questions.

In addition to a selection of Benedict's anthropological writings, this edition includes new forewords by two leading Benedict scholars.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231134910
Publisher:
Perseus (for Columbia University Press)
Publication date:
10/26/2005
Series:
Columbia Classics in Anthropology Series
Edition description:
Thirtieth Anniversary Edition
Pages:
230
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Forewordxix
Prefacexliii
Acknowledgmentsxlv
Ruth Benedict, A Humanist in Anthropology1
Selected Papers79
Introduction79
Configurations of Culture in North America80
Magic105
An Introduction to Zuni Mythology115
Primitive Freedom134
Self-Discipline in Japanese Culture146
The Study of Cultural Patterns in European Nations159
Anthropology and the Humanities165
Selected Bibliography of the Writings of Ruth Benedict177

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