Ruth Benedict

Benedict, Ruth Fulton

Ruth Fulton Benedict, 1887–1948, American anthropologist, b. New York City, grad. Vassar, 1909, Ph.D. Columbia, 1923. She was a student and later a colleague of Franz Boas at Columbia, where she taught from 1924. She did fieldwork among Native Americans and studied contemporary European and Asian cultures. Her works emphasize the concepts of cultural configuration, national character, and the role of culture in individual personality formation. Her widely read books helped popularize the concept of culture and attacked racism and ethnocentrism. She is the author of Concept of the Guardian Spirit in North America (1923), Patterns of Culture (1934), Zuni Mythology (1935), Race: Science and Politics (rev. ed. 1943), and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword: Patterns of Japanese Culture (1946). A collection of her work and biographical data was edited by Margaret Mead under the title An Anthropologist at Work (1959, repr. 1966).

See biography by M. Mead (1974).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2018, The Columbia University Press.

Ruth Benedict: Selected full-text books and articles

Ruth Benedict, Patterns of a Life By Judith Schachter Modell University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983
Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict: The Kinship of Women By Hilary Lapsley University of Massachusetts Press, 1999
Tales of the Cochiti Indians By Ruth Benedict U. S. Govt. Print. Off., 1931
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Man in Contemporary Society: A Source Book By Columbia University Press Columbia University Press, vol.1, 1955
Librarian's tip: Excerpt (p.21-56) from "Patterns of Culture" by Ruth Benedict begins on p. 114
Social Theory: The Multicultural and Classic Readings By Charles Lemert Westview Press, 1999 (2nd edition)
PRIMARY SOURCE
A primary source is a work that is being studied, or that provides first-hand or direct evidence on a topic. Common types of primary sources include works of literature, historical documents, original philosophical writings, and religious texts.
Historicizing Theories, Identities, and Nations By Regna Darnell; Frederic W. Gleach University of Nebraska Press, 2017
Japan and National Anthropology: A Critique By Sonia Ryang Routledge, 2004
Librarian's tip: Chap. 2 "Benediction Myth: Chrysanthemum's Strange Life"
American Anthropology, 1921-1945: Papers from the American Anthropologist By George W. Stocking Jr University of Nebraska Press, 2002
Librarian's tip: "Configurations of Culture in North America" by Ruth Benedict begins on p. 151
The Culture Cult: Designer Tribalism and Other Essays By Roger Sandall Westview Press, 2001
Librarian's tip: Chap. 4 "The Triumph of the Litterateur"
Looking for a topic idea? Use Questia's Topic Generator
Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.