“I long to speak out the intense inspiration that comes to me from the lives of strong women.” Ruth Benedict (1887 – 1948) Anthropologist who taught at Columbia, following in the footsteps of her mentor, anthropology pioneer Franz Boas. She both carried on and extended his work with her own.She wrote "Patterns of Culture" and "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword".She also wrote "The Races of Mankind," a World War II pamphlet for the troops showing that racism was not grounded in scientific…
Of her life's work, cultural anthropologist, museum curator and feminist scholar Margaret Mead once said, "I have spent most of my life studying the lives of other peoples — faraway peoples — so that Americans might better understand themselves." Mead's professor and mentor Franz Boas is credited with the concept of cultural relativism in American anthropology, but it was Mead who truly eradicated the concept of the "savage" through her extensive fieldwork in the Pacific.
Structuralism - Claude Lévi-Strauss: "Myths, rituals, kinship relations... they all can be studied as if they were structured as a language. Every culture has different social and cultural signs, but there exist basic sets of laws that are common to all cultural organisations that rule the structure of such system of signs. I will find them!"
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Margaret Mead -the most famous anthropologist in the world. She had an exceptionally close relationship with Ruth Benedict, one of her instructors. In her memoir about her parents, With a Daughter's Eye, Mary Catherine Bateson implies that the relationship between Benedict and Mead was partly sexual.