Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle

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Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle

Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead Ruth Benedict and Their Circle A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in when Mead was a st

  • Title: Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle
  • Author: Lois W. Banner
  • ISBN: 9780679776123
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in 1922, when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher They became sexual partners though both married , and pioneered in the then male dominated discipline of anthropology They championed racial andA uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in 1922, when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher They became sexual partners though both married , and pioneered in the then male dominated discipline of anthropology They championed racial and sexual equality and cultural relativity despite the generally racist, xenophobic, and homophobic tenor of their era Mead s best selling Coming of Age in Samoa 1928 and Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies 1935 , and Benedict s Patterns of Culture 1934 , Race 1940 , and The Chrysanthemum and the Sword 1946 , were landmark studies that ensured the lasting prominence and influence of their authors in the field of anthropology and beyond.With unprecedented access to the complete archives of the two women including hundreds of letters opened to scholars in 2001 Lois Banner examines the impact of their difficult childhoods and the relationship between them in the context of their circle of family, friends, husbands, lovers, and colleagues, as well as the calamitous events of their time She shows how Benedict inadvertently exposed Mead to charges of professional incompetence, discloses the serious errors New Zealand anthropologist Derek Freeman made in his famed attack on Mead s research on Samoa, and reveals what happened in New Guinea when Mead and colleagues engaged in a ritual aimed at overturning all gender and sexual boundaries.In this illuminating and innovative work, Banner has given us the most detailed, balanced, and informative portrait of Mead and Benedict individually and together that we have had.From the Hardcover edition.

    Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in , when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher. Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in , when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher They became sexual partners though both married , and pioneered in the then male dominated discipline of anthropology. Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met in , when Benedict was a teaching assistant and Mead a student at Barnard College Two years later, they were lovers From the s until Benedict s death in , they remained friends and intellectual collaborators. Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle, Paperback by Banner, Lois W ISBN , ISBN , Brand New, Free shipping in the US The relationship between anthropologists Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict is revealed here, with details of their unconventional sexual relationship and their efforts to combat sexism, racism, xenophobia, and homophobia. Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead,Ruth Benedict, and their Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead,Ruth Benedict, and their Circle Winner Description by Lois W Banner Knopf Title of a book, article or other published item this will display to the public Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead,Ruth Benedict, and their Circle What type of media is this winner Intertwined Lives by Lois W Banner About Intertwined Lives A uniquely revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in , when Mead was a student, Benedict a teacher. Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict and Their The first biography to utilize the complete papers of Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict since their release to scholars, Lois Banner s Intertwined Lives traces the intellectual, emotional, and sexual relationship of these two women who have had such an enduring influence on anthropology and our understanding of society. Intertwined lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Intertwined lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and their circle Lois W Banner This book is a revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in , when Mead Intertwined lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict and their Intertwined lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict and their circle Lois W Banner This book is a revealing biography of two eminent twentieth century American women Close friends for much of their lives, Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead met at Barnard College in , when Mead Project MUSE Intertwined Lives Margaret Mead, Ruth Much about Intertwined Lives is remarkable First is Lois Banner s brilliant decision not to write a traditional biography or even a dual biography but to present Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict in the richness of their complicated lives with each other and numerous other lovers, husbands, friends, mentors, and colleagues.

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    One thought on “Intertwined Lives: Margaret Mead, Ruth Benedict, and Their Circle

    1. El on said:

      After reading the disappointment that was Derek Freeman's Margaret Mead and the Heretic: The Making and Unmaking of an Anthropological Myth, I decided to try this other bio I've had on my shelf for a while to see if Banner's opinion was any different. It was. And it was written better, had better information, and covered more ground. So take that, Freeman!To be fair, Banner's biography was not solely about Margaret Mead and her time spent in Samoa. Her focus was on Margaret Mead and that other w [...]

    2. Ginger K on said:

      I wanted to like this book. And I did learn biographical information about Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, and a great deal of historical information about America in the early twentieth century, particularly between the world wars. Unfortunately, the sexual relationship between the two alluded to on the cover is not well supported in the text - the primary supporting source is a poem, Banner's interpretation of which left me scratching my head. Mead and Benedict's other romantic entanglements, [...]

    3. Jenny Yates on said:

      I enjoyed this book very much. I really didn’t know much about Margaret Mead and Ruth Benedict, and hadn’t a clue that they were lovers, so that was a revelation. They are both amazing women and I really appreciated the chance to get to know them better. The book follows Mead and Benedict from birth, covers their relationship with each other and their relationships with others, lingers on their work, and continues until Benedict’s death. One of the book’s flaws is that it then ends, leav [...]

    4. jrendocrine on said:

      I got to p 170 of 443 - but I have to give up in a fit of pique.Typical backstory - read and loved Euphoria, got interested in Margaret Mead, read somewhere that this was a good book. It's not. In fact, it might make you dislike MeadOverall - it's 2 biographies in one - Mead and Ruth Benedict, who the biographer (Lois Banner) contends had a life long love affair. Banner is more interested in sister politics (and myth making) than in Mead. The research is sophomoric - and the assertions endless a [...]

    5. Emalee on said:

      I thought that reading about Margaret Mead was so fascinating. I have always thought she was interesting, but did not know until I found this book that she was at all queer. It seems clear from her choices over her lifetime that she was truly bisexual (using today's terminology) but that she struggled with the definition & experience of her sexuality. I felt a fair amount of sympathy and empathy with her vascillations, even these many decades later. Ruth Benedict was also an interesting char [...]

    6. Sandy D. on said:

      This is the biography of two famous female anthropologists, mostly in the years from 1900-1940. The book really draws you in, using a gossipy style with lots of fascinating quotes from both Mead’s & Benedict’s unpublished letters, diaries, etc as well as letters from Mead’s three husbands, family members, college roommates, and many other famous anthropologists. It is very well-researched, and explains the background to many wild stories I heard as a grad student in anthropology.It als [...]

    7. Chris Beal on said:

      This book is a thoroughly researched biography and absolutely fascinating. I marked it as read, but actually I read around in it -- it's not necessary to read chronologically. The author seems to have an agenda -- that of showing the multiplicity and commonality of lesbian relationships at a time when such things were kept under cover -- but that agenda doesn't keep her from doing an excellent job of opening up the lives of these two famous women. Highly recommended both for the curious layperso [...]

    8. Kate Lawrence on said:

      Those deeply interested in the development of anthropology--both as an academic discipline and in field studies among indigenous peoples--and in gender studies in the early 20th century will love this book. I found it too detailed overall, although the parts about the lives and relationships of the two women were worthwhile. Because the book is centered on the relationship between Benedict and Mead, it ends with the death of Benedict, who died 30 years before Mead did. I was disappointed that it [...]

    9. Nicole on said:

      Well written and well researched book about the complicated and "intertwined lives" of Ruth Benedict, Margaret Mead, and their close friends. I would say a must read book for anyone interested in anthropology.

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