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"Unique and important . . . Patterns of Culture is a signpost on the road to a freer and more tolerant life." — New York Times

A remarkable introduction to cultural studies, Patterns of Culture is an eloquent declaration of the role of culture in shaping human life. In this fascinating work, the renowned anthropologist Ruth Benedict compares three societies — the Zuni of the southwestern United States, the Kwakiutl of western Canada, and the Dobuans of Melanesia — and demonstrates the diversity of behaviors in them. Benedict's groundbreaking study shows that a unique configuration of traits defines each human culture and she examines the relationship between culture and the individual. Featuring prefatory remarks by Franz Boas, Margaret Mead, and Louise Lamphere, this provocative work ultimately explores what it means to be human.

"That today the modern world is on such easy terms with the concept of culture . . . is in very great part due to this book." — Margaret Mead

"Benedict's Patterns of Culture is a foundational text in teaching us the value of diversity. Her hope for the future still has resonance in the twenty-first century: that recognition of cultural relativity will create an appreciation for 'the coexisting and equally valid patterns of life which mankind has created for itself from the raw materials of existence.'" — from the new foreword by Louise Lamphere, past president of the American Anthrolopological Association

Ruth Benedict (1887-1948) was one of the most eminent anthropologists of the twentieth century. Her profoundly influential books Patterns of Culture and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture were bestsellers when they were first published, and they have remained indispensable works for the study of culture in the many decades since.

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A remarkable introduction to cultural studies as relevant today as it was in 1934, Ruth Benedict"s groundbreaking study is the book that first brought the concept of "culture" to lay readers. In this fascinating work, Benedict compares the cultures of three peoples: the Kwakiutl of western Canada, the Zuni of the southwestern United States, and the Dobuans of Melanesia. Featuring an introduction by Franz Boas, a preface by Margaret Mead, and a foreword by Mary Catherine Bateson, Patterns of Culture shows the importance culture has on everyday life.

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RUTH BENEDICT (1887-1948) was one of the twentieth century's foremost anthropologists and helped to shape the discipline in the United States and around the world. Benedict was a student and later a colleague of Franz Boas at Columbia, where she taught from 1924. Margaret Mead was one of her students. Benedict's contributions to the field of cultural anthropology are often cited today.

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leroyjenkins, October 8, 2008 (view all comments by leroyjenkins)
A great overview of the comparative method through cultures. But a few loop holes in Benedict's research methods and gatherings. Yet, one of the greatest cultural anthropology pieces ever written. Should probably on the coffee table of everyone. Especially if you want to look intellectual... haha.
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Aki ORR, January 5, 2007 (view all comments by Aki ORR)
Ruth Benedict's "Patterns of Culture" is the most important anthropology book ever written.
Its basic idea of Cultural Relativism is the anthropological equivalent of Einstein's theory of Relativity in Physics.
Benedict's thesis isn't merely descriptive but analytic.
It puts together the jigsaw puzzle of hundreds of anthropological observations. After reading "Patterns of Culture" all the rest of anthropology makes sense.
It enables the reader to study any culture without preconceptions or judging it by comparison to other cultures. It demolishes the idea of different cultures as rungs on a ladder, grading them as "lower" and "higher". Any grading is a value-judgment produced by a particular culture. Benedict put an end to this.
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arubio, November 5, 2006 (view all comments by arubio)
Good analysis of cultures around the world.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780618619559
Author:
Benedict, Ruth
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston
Subject:
Ethnology
Subject:
Culture
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Ethnopsychology
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
January 2006
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.32x5.54x.77 in. .70 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , A remarkable introduction to cultural studies as relevant today as it was in 1934, Ruth Benedict"s groundbreaking study is the book that first brought the concept of "culture" to lay readers. In this fascinating work, Benedict compares the cultures of three peoples: the Kwakiutl of western Canada, the Zuni of the southwestern United States, and the Dobuans of Melanesia. Featuring an introduction by Franz Boas, a preface by Margaret Mead, and a foreword by Mary Catherine Bateson, Patterns of Culture shows the importance culture has on everyday life.
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