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Description - Reading Benedict / Reading Mead by Dolores Janiewski

As anthropologists, public intellectuals, and feminists, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead played remarkable roles in twentieth-century life and thought - and far beyond the academy. Their work helped to popularize anthropology while introducing such terms as culture and racism into common parlance. At the same time, they contributed to wider debates about environmentalism, sexuality, the women's movement, and American foreign policy. In this collection, prominent international scholars come together to explore the lives, works, and legacies of two influential figures in American anthropology. The contributions reflect a wide range of topics and perspectives: Benedict and Mead's complicated personal and professional relationship; their activities as scholars and outspoken intellectuals; their efforts to promote feminism and undermine racism; their contributions to (and the challenges they posed to) the imperialist project; and the stories behind their best-known works, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword and Coming of Age in Samoa. Together, the essays provide a useful and provocative introduction to Benedict and Mead as well as to the ongoing debate about the legacy they left behind.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801879753
ISBN-10: 0801879752
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Dolores Janiewski

Dolores Janiewski is a senior lecturer in the department of history at Victoria University of Wellington and the author of Sisterhood Denied: Race, Gender and Class in a New South Community. Lois Banner is a professor of history and gender studies at the University of Southern California and the author of several books, including Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle.