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Chryzantema i miecz. Wzory kultury japońskiej

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  1,874 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Książka ta traktuje o przyjętych w Japonii obyczajach oraz o przyzwyczajeniach, które dla Japończyków są oczywistością. Mówi o sytuacjach, w jakich Japończyk może się spodziewać grzeczności od innych, i takich, kiedy liczyć na nią nie może. O tym w jakich okolicznościach czuje wstyd i zakłopotanie oraz czego sam od siebie wymaga.
Paperback, 294 pages
Published March 18th 2004 by Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy (first published 1946)
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Some hesitation.

Let me begin on the day I bought the Invention of Nature, once packed away in my satchel I, like the chicken in the joke, crossed the road and entered a second-hand bookshelf, there I spied this book, it rang a bell, but distantly, I left I think only with the aforementioned Sorel: Europe and the French Revolution and maybe something else because “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a book, must be in want of several more" (view spoiler)
I'm not normally one to rely on sales figures as a measure of a book's value, but this book sold millions of copies not only in Japan, but six-figures-worth in the People's Republic of China and South Korea as well.

I can't exactly vouch for the book's total accuracy, and her look at Japan is largely from secondary sources and pre-1945. Very different from the Japan of today. As far as I can tell, Benedict is most on point about hierarchy and the past importance of the emperor.

The ideas of socia
Olivier Delaye
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest books on Japanese culture out there, and still very relevant today. If you love Japan or are simply interested to know more about this fascinating country, The Chrysanthemum and the Sword is a must-read and re-read.
Sep 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: japan
This book is a masterpiece. Each time a height has been scaled and the reader returns to the valley, he sees yet another, taller peak on the horizon.... It is essential reading.

Benedict is an anthropologist -- though I've read a good amount of anthropology, I had never read Patterns of Culture. And I was somewhat skeptical, remembering the bland cover of Patterns on the old copy my father had when I was a child. But Benedict writes with such depth and intelligence and broad vision that I now see
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-orange-band
It's a total secret, but the island nation of Japan and I have one of those "if we’re both single in 2015 let's get married" things. If it comes to that, and on the strength of "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword", I've decided that Ruth Benedict can do the reading.

Because her book is Yum, Yum, absolute Yum. It is a complete guilty pleasure. Reading this book I felt like a dog rolling around in something absolutely disgusting. But I just couldn't stop. Ruth's milkshake brings all the Japonophiles t
Jul 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, non-fiction
I was wondering... Could a treatise on an entire country and its people, no matter how beautifully worded and presented, be objective if...

a) the author of the said treatise didn't live in that country
b) the author is from the victorious country (Who was it who said that history is written by the victors?)
c) the country being analyzed was, in many years of its history, closed to the outside world (Was it James Michener who claimed that Japan had put up one of the most effective iron curtains in
3.5 stars

First published in 1946, this 13-chapter classic "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" by Dr Ruth Benedict having never been to Japan herself has still inspired and informed its readers more as one of the 'Nihonjinron' books ( popularly written, published and read after World War II. This formidable study "reprinted over fifty times" assigned by the US Office of War Information was "to spell out what the Japanese were like" (back cover) by means of a
Hieu Cao
I learn more from how my classmates respond to this book than from reading the book itself. The reason is not difficult to understand. Japanese culture is fairly familiar with me through manga, anime and the zeal about Japan in Vietnam several years ago. Also, despite its distinctive culture, Japan shares with other East Asian countries the philosophy of Buddhism and Confucianism which integrate so deeply in those countries' social life. On the other hand, how the Western perceive the Eastern is ...more
Lyn Elliott
Excellent. Proper review to come, after I’ve gone through it again and made notes at all the places I’ve marked - the book is bulging with post-its.
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthropology
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. Based on secondhand reports from expatriates living in internment camps, Westerners who had spent time in Japan, and Japanese prisoners of war ...more
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Ruth Fulton Benedict (June 5, 1887 – September 17, 1948) was an American anthropologist and folklorist.

She was born in New York City, attended Vassar College and graduated in 1909. She entered graduate studies at Columbia University in 1919, where she studied under Franz Boas. She received her Ph.D and joined the faculty in 1923. Margaret Mead, with whom she may have shared a romantic relationship
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“There are two kinds of opportunities: one which we chance upon, the other which we create.” 4 likes
“Japan likewise put her hopes of victory on a different basis from that prevalent in the United States. (...) Even when she was winning, her civilian statesmen, her High Command, and her soldiers repeated that this was no contest between armaments; it was pitting of our faith in things against their faith in spirit.” 1 likes
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