• Title: Patterns of Culture
  • Author: Ruth Benedict Margaret Mead
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 345
  • Format: Paperback
  • Patterns of Culture Unique and important Patterns of Culture is a signpost on the road to a freer and tolerant life New York TimesA remarkable introduction to cultural studies Patterns of Culture is an eloquent declarat
    Unique and important Patterns of Culture is a signpost on the road to a freer and tolerant life New York TimesA 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 Unique and important Patterns of Culture is a signpost on the road to a freer and tolerant life New York TimesA 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 AssociationRuth 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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    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 theore [...]

    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 inhe [...]

    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 [...]

    5. In this timeless book, Ruth Benedict brilliantly exposes her theory of cultural relativity, stating that no cultural trait in any culture is more or less valid than any other one from the great variety of possible human behaviors. Her vision couldn't be more 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 n [...]

    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 Dionysi [...]

    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 [...]

    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 in [...]

    9. Eu gostei muito desse livro. A edição em pt-br só foi lançada ano passado, e um livro tão antigo! É importante porque traça uma discussão na relação entre indivíduo e sociedade, que para a autora não há conflito, ambos se relacionam muito bem e são interdependentes. Ela pontua três sociedades indígenas que ficam na Columbia Britânica nos EUA, discorrendo sobre eventos e costumes sociais em que mostra os indivíduos 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 de [...]

    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 more 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 more 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 fre [...]

    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 [...]

    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 b [...]

    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 liber [...]

    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 more application tha [...]

    22. Me pareció un libro interesante para entender la evolución de los culturalistas norteamericanos, hacía un concepto de cultura más integral. Así como complementar mi conocimiento sobre el enfoque "socio-psicológico" de la antropología. Sin embargo, se me hizo muy evidente las problemáticas que trae el relativismo cultural de esta corriente. Asimismo, se logra ver la génesis del concepto de aculturación. Sin duda recomendable para entender esta corriente antropológica.

    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 more 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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