By Lois W. Banner
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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Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle by Lois W. Banner