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Ruth Benedict

WithJoyce Appleby, Elizabeth Covington, David Hoyt, Michael Latham, Allison Sneider

Ruth Benedict first began her anthropological work as a student of Franz Boas at Columbia University in New York during the 1920s. Benedict is most renowned for her 1934 book Patterns of Culture. This work had a large impact outside the academic world. According to anthropologist Margaret Mead, a contemporary of Benedict who also studied under Boas, our familiarity with the term “culture” and our use of this word in daily conversation is due in large measure to the popularity of Benedict’s work.