Ruth Fulton Benedict


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A student of Franz Boas at Columbia University, Benedict conducted her first fieldwork in the early 1920s, developing a strong interest in comparative studies. She was subsequently influenced by psychological theory and is closely associated with the so-called Culture and Personality School of American anthropology. Her best-known works are probably Patterns of Culture (1934), on native American Zuñi, and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword (1946), on Japan.

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