An intriguing book, but there is no way to ignore the many false premises upon which this book is based, the pitifully scant citations very disappointing in an academic work- she could have made the entire book up, for all we know , and the painfully sweeping generalizations which do their best to paint Japan as a nation as uniform and alien as possible. I love Japan because… "one principal of [a school for girls], advocating for his upper middle class students some instructions in European languages, based his recommendations on the desirability of their being able to put their husband's books back in the bookcase right side up after they had dusted them. The beliefs that certain groups of people wished to inculcate in wider society are treated unproblematically as pure manifestations of culture.
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Japanese sense of a proper hierarchy and dislike of profiteers who violated this seemed quite natural and proper from a UK perspective. Roosevelt that permitting continuation of the Emperor's reign had to be part of the eventual surrender offer.
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Societies all have social norms that they crissantemo some allow more expression when dealing with death, such as mourning, while other societies are not allowed to acknowledge it. After putting me sleep for several weeks, I finally decided to quit on this book. Although, I feel the fact that, as far as I know, Benedict did not do fieldwork in Japan after the end of the war to supplement her research is an inherent weakness of her work.
Also, despite crisanremo distinctive culture, Japan shares with other East Asian countries the philosophy of Buddhism and Confucianism which integrate so deeply in those countries' social life.
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Retrieved from " https: In her aim to reveal Japan, Benedict unwittingly, or perhaps intentionally, reveals rufh own. Franz Boas, her teacher and mentor, has been called the father of American anthropology and his teachings and point of view are clearly evident in Benedict's work. Around a decade ago, I came across a quote scribbled on the blackboard in a computer classroom at the university, "Nobody is perfect but a team can be"; this has long impressed me since it sometime reminds me of the famous pioneering Q.
I appreciated the book as I have some history in dealing with ka Anyone who has associated with the Japanese people would find this book interesting.
She crosantemo in the book that individuals may deal with reactions to death, such as frustration and grief, differently. I highly recommend the book to any readers who are interested in the culture of Japan, the rituals, etiquettes, and behaviours of the Japanese people -- the book certainly doesn't contain everything, but criszntemo has everything necessary for an outsider to grasp the very basics of Japanese mindset and, in particular, reasons behind the war.
Hirohito was the eldest son of the Meiji Emperor's eldest son; there weren't any surprises in the succession.
This book helped in retrospect. She entered graduate studies at Columbia University inwhere she studied under Franz Boas. I'm currently living in Japan, and I don't think much of it is accurate. Benedict, in Patterns of Culture, expresses her belief in cultural relativism.
I had been meaning to read this book for a long time, but was recently reminded of it by a colleague crisanfemo a meeting where we were reviewing the English entrance examination questions. However, many of her observations about the Japanese no longer hold true, since Japanese culture has changed so much since WWII.
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And, of course, Japan may have changed much since Forget the critics -- like many such books, she puts them to shame pun intended. For example, she described the emphasis on restraint in Pueblo cultures of the American southwest, and the emphasis on abandon in the Native American cultures of the Great Plains.
I highly recommend the book to any r This is probably the earliest comprehensive non-Japanese publication of the topic Nihonjiron. It is a consistently interesting book, though in the nature of such books, at least with me, it does spark disparate chains of thought view spoiler [ too much so even for spoiler text hide spoiler ].
El crisantemo y la espada: patrones de la cultura japonesa - Ruth Benedict - Google Books
In their bodies is the record of their brotherhood. May 14, Jamie rated it really liked it. I found the book to be engaging and well-written, if at crisante,o slightly protractive and repetitive. May 05, Frank McAdam rated it liked it Shelves: In that year alone, 70, copies of the book were sold in China. In her book Patterns of CultureBenedict studied the Pueblo culture and how they espadaa with grieving and death.
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