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By Lois W. Banner

ISBN-10: 0679454357

ISBN-13: 9780679454359

ISBN-10: 0679776125

ISBN-13: 9780679776123

A uniquely revealing biography of 2 eminent 20th century American ladies. shut pals for a lot in their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard collage in 1922, while Mead used to be a scholar, Benedict a instructor. They grew to become sexual companions (though either married), and pioneered within the then male-dominated self-discipline of anthropology. They championed racial and sexual equality and cultural relativity regardless of the widely racist, xenophobic, and homophobic tenor in their period. Mead’s best-selling Coming of Age in Samoa (1928) and Sex and Temperament in 3 Primitive Societies (1935), and Benedict’s styles of tradition (1934), Race (1940), and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (1946), have been landmark stories that ensured the lasting prominence and impression in their authors within the box of anthropology and beyond.

With exceptional entry to the whole records of the 2 women—including 1000s of letters opened to students in 2001—Lois Banner examines the impression in their tough childhoods and the connection among them within the context in their circle of kin, acquaintances, husbands, enthusiasts, and co-workers, in addition to the calamitous occasions in their time. She exhibits how Benedict inadvertently uncovered Mead to fees incompetence, discloses the intense mistakes New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman made in his famed assault on Mead’s examine on Samoa, and divulges what occurred in New Guinea whilst Mead and associates engaged in a ritual geared toward overturning all gender and sexual boundaries.

In this illuminating and cutting edge paintings, Banner has given us the main certain, balanced, and informative portrait of Mead and Benedict—individually and together—that we have now had.

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