The chrysanthemum and the sword patterns of japanese culture is a 1946 study of japan by american anthropologist ruth benedictit was written at the invitation of the us office of war information in order to understand and predict the behavior of the japanese in world war ii by reference to a series of contradictions in traditional culture the book was influential in shaping american . The chrysanthemum and the sword is a seminal study of japanese culture by ruth benedict who was commissioned by the us government to study japanese culture in order to understand how to govern it after wwii it turns out that she was a colleague of the infamous margaret mead and like mead im not sure her legacy is completely positive. Benedicts world war ii era study paints an illuminating contrast between the culture of japan and that of the united states the chrysanthemum and the sword is a revealing look at how and why our. The chrysanthemum and the sword holds up supremely well and reads as a veritable textbook of cultural research in a world where misunderstandings across nations can have ever graver consequences rehabilitating the humble role of cultural anthropologist might pay some unexpected dividends providing those taking it on have a reasonable fraction of ruth benedicts insight
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