Ruth Benedict


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Noun1.Ruth Benedict - United States anthropologist (1887-1948)
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Queer Bangkok: 21st Century Markets, Media, and Rights (2011), which he edited, won the prestigious Ruth Benedict Book Prize awarded by the American Anthropological Association for Queer Anthropology.
For the casual reader, A Military History of Japan functions as a needed update to Ruth Benedict's much-maligned yet still-influential 1946 work The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, a general primer on the seemingly contradictory forces driving this global power.
By taking a step back from individual actors or government entities towards entire societies, he recalls the anthropologist Ruth Benedict's treatment of Japan in The Chrysanthemum and the Sword, although in her case the point was to understand another country holistically in relation to the United States, as opposed to his approach to turning the lens inward.
(1) This explicit link between area studies and interrogation of the enemy is especially obvious in the work of Ruth Benedict, whose scholarship continues to impact Japanese studies today, and who helped produce an "area" deemed worthy of study in the US: Japan.
I was surprised to learn that she was a student in the famed 1926 introductory class in anthropology at Barnard, taught by Franz Boas and Ruth Benedict, with Margaret Mead, then a Columbia graduate student, as their assistant, since Boas, Benedict, and Mead rarely mention Du Bois in their writings about those years.
The myths were inflated after the end of World War II by the publication of Ruth Benedict's The Chrysanthemum and the Sword.
THE CHRYSANTHEMUM AND THE SWORD (1946) | RUTH BENEDICT
Chapter 8 ("Historicism and Human Diversity") examines the rise of historicism regarding natural science (Kuhn), the human sciences (Foucault), and cultural anthropology (Ruth Benedict and Clifford Geertz).
In 1933, she studied at Columbia University, under the tutelage of great anthropologists like Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict. In later years she also taught cultural anthropology at Ankara University, before returning to Columbia to complete her PhD.