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Ruth Landes: A Life in Anthropology - Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology (Paperback)
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Ruth Landes: A Life in Anthropology - Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology (Paperback)

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Paperback 315 Pages / Published: 01/09/2007
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Ruth Landes (1908-91) is now recognized as a pioneer in the study of race and gender relations. Ahead of her time in many respects, Landes worked with issues that defined the central debates in the discipline at the dawn of the twenty-first century. In Ruth Landes, Sally Cole reconsiders Landes's life, work, and career, and places her at the heart of anthropology. The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, Landes studied under the renowned anthropologist Franz Boas and was mentored by Ruth Benedict. Landes's rejection of domestic life led to an early divorce. Her ideas regarding gender roles also shaped her 1930s fieldwork among the Ojibwa, where she worked closely with Maggie Wilson to produce a masterpiece study of gender relations, The Ojibwa Woman. Her growing prominence and subsequent work in Bahia, Brazil, was marked by outstanding fieldwork and another landmark study, The City of Women. This was a tumultuous time for Landes, who was accused of being a spy, and her remarkable work fed the envy of such prominent scholars as Melville Herskovits and Margaret Mead. Ultimately, however, the errors and excesses that her critics complained of long ago now point us to the innovations for which she is responsible and that give her work its lasting value and power.

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803222458
Number of pages: 315
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


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"This comprehensively researched biography by Cole is a poignant and fascinating look at a troubled career within the history of American anthropology. . . . Cole's reevaluation is written with balance, sensitivity, and a real affection for her subject."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"Sally Cole's perceptive and engaging biography does much to reclaim Landes' work from the margins of anthropology. . . . Cole does not flinch from portraying the less attractive parts of Landes' personality . . . but the tone of her book is overwhelmingly one of appreciation for her contributions."-Louise Lamphere, Current Anthropology -- Louise Lamphere * Current Anthropology *

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