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Patterns of Culture By Ruth Benedict Patterns of Culture For than a generation this pioneering book has been an indispensable introduction to the field of anthropology Here in her study of three sharply contrasting cultures Benedict puts forward her famo
  • Title: Patterns of Culture
  • Author: Ruth Benedict
  • ISBN: 9780395500880
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • Patterns of Culture By Ruth Benedict For than a generation, this pioneering book has been an indispensable introduction to the field of anthropology Here, in her study of three sharply contrasting cultures, Benedict puts forward her famous thesis that a people s culture is an integrated whole, a personality writ large Includes a preface from Margaret Mead.
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    1. Ruth Benedict

      Ruth Fulton Benedict June 5, 1887 September 17, 1948 was an American anthropologist and folklorist.She was born in New York City, attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909 She entered graduate studies at Columbia University in 1919, where she studied under Franz Boas She received her Ph.D and joined the faculty in 1923 Margaret Mead, with whom she may have shared a romantic relationship, and Marvin Opler were among her students and colleagues.Franz Boas, her teacher and mentor, has been called the father of American anthropology and his teachings and point of view are clearly evident in Benedict s work Ruth Benedict was affected by the passionate humanism of Boas, her mentor, and continued it in her research and writing.Benedict held the post of President of the American Anthropological Association and was also a prominent member of the American Folklore Society She became the first woman to be recognized as a prominent leader of a learned profession She can be viewed as a transitional figure in her field, redirecting both anthropology and folklore away from the limited confines of culture trait diffusion studies and towards theories of performance as integral to the interpretation of culture She studied the relationships between personality, art, language and culture, insisting that no trait existed in isolation or self sufficiency, a theory which she championed in her 1934 Patterns of Culture.

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    1. Culture and Personality Paradigm Ruth Benedict s Patterns of Culture In her book Patterns of Culture Ruth Benedict presents ethnographic accounts of three unique cultures, the Pueblo Zuni Indians of the Southwest, the Dobu of eastern New Guinea and the Kwakiutl of the Pacific Northwest coast between Washington and British Columbia Benedict employs use of these cultures to demonstrate her theory of culture as personality writ large The book starts out with two sections, largely theoretical Benedi [...]


    2. Probably the most interesting and compelling introduction to anthropology you could ever hope for Ruth Benedict lays out some basic principles that anyone who s ever wondered about the society they live in should read backed up with explorations of three incredibly fascinating cultures This is a very profluent book, so I feel I can safely recommend it to people who have never read non fiction before Patterns of Culture is a book that will change the way you see the world.


    3. Successful societies reproduce excessively as a hedge against the death accidental or purposeful of those intended to fill necessary positions in the coming generation An upper class redundant the unneeded lesser son of a noble family can move down a notch fill some ranked position in the church, government, or military A merchant s second son might start a new business, become a craft apprentice, or descend to the less protected ranks of labor depending on the good graces of the inheriting son [...]


    4. For any lovers of anthropology, this is one of the classic texts which fundamentally shaped the study of culture Though of course we have moved beyond some of the basic theoretical issues inherent in the culture concept i.e Critics like Abu Lughod move towards a definition of culture as unbounded and dynamic, and of course the shift away from traditional modern cultures dichotomy so much of this text is still applicable in a globalising world I was surprised actually by how relevant the first fe [...]


    5. In this timeless book, Ruth Benedict brilliantly exposes her theory of cultural relativity, stating that no cultural trait in any culture is or less valid than any other one from the great variety of possible human behaviors Her vision couldn t be actual, since it argues that each culture has a history and temperament of its own, rendering it unique, but not superior nor inferior to other cultures Her description of three contrasting cultures illustrates very clearly that there are no fixed ru [...]


    6. This book was a very interesting read It helped me put into perspective cultural values that we take for granted as universal There are no universal values or ethics every culture shapes reality according to their own value priorities Thus it put a large question mark on my mind as to how to solve certain problems that we face as a species how are we ever going to find a common ground from which to tackle these I found the perspective of analysis interesting Apollonian versus Dionysian cultures, [...]


    7. I liked this book overall It talks about different cultures in three different parts of the world the pueblos of new Mexico, the Dobu of Papua New Guinea and the Kwakuitl of Northwest America the book contrasts some of the norms we take for granted around what constitutes a moral action Ruth looks at the science of custom, the diversity of cultures, its integration, the nature of society and the individual and patterns of society To be honest there were some very interesting bits in the middle w [...]


    8. I think Benedict makes some interesting points She has written a book that covers almost exactly the reasons I want to study anthropology She wants people to understand the idea of cultural relativity, which I think is an important idea We have to remember that every culture is different and people fit into their cultures and worlds differently Just because I am a white woman in the US doesn t mean I understand the experience of every white woman in the US We are all different and we fit into th [...]


    9. Eu gostei muito desse livro A edi o em pt br s foi lan ada ano passado, e um livro t o antigo importante porque tra a uma discuss o na rela o entre indiv duo e sociedade, que para a autora n o h conflito, ambos se relacionam muito bem e s o interdependentes Ela pontua tr s sociedades ind genas que ficam na Columbia Brit nica nos EUA, discorrendo sobre eventos e costumes sociais em que mostra os indiv duos agindo e sendo formados pela cultura.


    10. First read in 1960s for an anthropology class, and subsequently reread, being one of the few social science books that left a lasting impression.For a novel look at Salmon Culture social life, I recommend Houston s Eagle Song.Eagle Song An Indian Saga Based on True Events


    11. I remember this for the basic dichotomy of Apollonian and Dionysian cultures I suspect Benedict chose the case studies she did because she felt they best represented polar forms of this dichotomy Real societies, of course, aren t neatly cut in two so she tended to exaggerate a bit betimes, probably.


    12. I think all my texts from degree 1 were intriguing But this is a straight text book and I suppose even I don t often pleasure read anthropology essays However, I think this is the one that has the references to some of my favorite Did you know somewhere in the world there are people who references from the BA days.


    13. Revisiting classics almost always provides a worthy read, and such is the case with reading Benedict s Patterns of Culture More well known for developing culture and personality school of thought, in this book we could actually see Benedict s wider influences on anthropology Benedict begins the book with three solid chapters on theoretical discussion of the way we should see and understand culture Being a student of Franz Boas, Benedict takes a particularistic view on culture, seeing it is devel [...]


    14. Ruth Benedict s classic work on culture through individuals and the arc of human potentialities Social thinking at the present time 1934 has no important task before it than that of taking adequate account of cultural relativity, she writes The first chapters, re reads from years ago, were a welcome reminder the last one was a welcome surprise, as it touches on the arbitrariness of cultural deviance and resultant suffering Skimmed the middle.


    15. A friend gave me Patterns of Culture because you study anthropology, don t you I m glad he didn t want it back Patterns of Culture is an amazing read for anyone interested in ethnography, cultural anthropology psychology morality, language and a few other fields Find a copy and give yourself a joyful afternoon s adventure.


    16. Read for school Had some good discussions about how in a modern perspective Benedict s narrative can be problematic, but this was a very enjoyable read I ll be looking for her that book.


    17. I found this book to be incredibly insightful Through my time I haven t been able to help questioning the foundations that society and culture is built upon, and I believe this is because simply I just don t agree with many of the firm views of life, but also because the ideas of truth, fact, and certainty seem to be fluid, in my experience, than the rock hard foundations they have been described as It seems to me that many, if not every single aspect of existence, is a choice, and if free will [...]


    18. Patterns of Culture is a seminal work in the field of Anthropology, written in 1936 by Ruth Benedict, the Columbia University Professor of Anthropology, student of Franz Boas and mentor of the famous anthropologist Margaret Mead In fact, Margaret Mead wrote the preface to Patterns of Culture.This book is a study of three diverse cultures the Zuni indians of the American Southwest, another tribe of the Pacific Northwest and a people of the Pacific Islands of Micronesia In this work, Benedict desc [...]


    19. In her book Patterns of Culture, Ruth Benedict examines the concept of cultural relativity by examining three indigenous groups in different areas around the world These groups are the Zuni, the Dobu and the Kwakiutl of the pacific northwest of North America Written in 1934, the book reveals is age by the seemly derogatory terms by today s standards However, within the confines of the book, it appears as though Benedict is looking at the margins of the culture area for patterns which are beyond [...]


    20. In Patterns of Culture, renowned anthropologist Ruth Benedict reveals many wonderful ideas and examples of how humans as individuals and groups carve out the meanings and practices of their lives As well as demonstrating a robust method for understanding cultural phenomena within historical and social contexts, Benedict shows how the self and the social world are like two sides of the one coin, each shaping the other in an ongoing dynamic as I argued in my thesis 2006 , quoting Benedict liberall [...]


    21. Read for a Cultural Theory class, but as engrossing as if I had picked it up on my own Benedict, an obvious student of Franz Boas, argues that all cultures could be traced back to a basic core principal, she calls them intellectual mainsprings, which one can find embodied in a culture s many manifestations, like marriage customs, religion, trading partners a pattern if you will She includes three short ethnographies which highlight some of her points, so there is a bit application than a lot of [...]


    22. Me pareci un libro interesante para entender la evoluci n de los culturalistas norteamericanos, hac a un concepto de cultura m s integral As como complementar mi conocimiento sobre el enfoque socio psicol gico de la antropolog a Sin embargo, se me hizo muy evidente las problem ticas que trae el relativismo cultural de esta corriente Asimismo, se logra ver la g nesis del concepto de aculturaci n Sin duda recomendable para entender esta corriente antropol gica.


    23. I ve read bits and pieces of this before, but I finally had to read the entire thing for school Benedict s writing style is very fluid and digestible and I found the book to be an easy read Cultural relativism was crucial to the formation of anthropology as we know it and, therefore, this is an important piece for students to read I find, however, that I m way interested in the much juicer theory that pops up much later down the road.


    24. Another good read for anthropology, I really liked learning all kindsa wacky stuff different tribes do, bizarre nature of humans never ceases to amaze because normality is culturally defined and equally bizarre in every culture.


    25. After schlepping it around for 40 years, I finally read it.Wish I d done it earlier, but oh what a treat The relativity of cultures had entered our legal system in LA Parents from SE Asia cup their children in disease situations and are put in jail for it Dear, dear.


    26. A timeless, well written classic and Benedict s quintessential opus Patterns of Culture is quite dated nowadays but still a great insight into the minds of one of the great anthropologists of the 20th century and her theory of cultures.


    27. this book does ethnography of 3 distinct groups of people, but it is very superficial and ethnographic data seems distorted by benedict s attempts to make each culture fit the pattern she picks for them it is valuable as a historical account of american cultural relativism and benedict s method.





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