Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

Burton Benedict: A Social Anthropologist in Britain and Berkeley

Benedict, Burton
Riess, Suzanne
Burton Benedict: A Social Anthropologist in Britain and Berkeley
Family in Baltimore and New York City; early interests, film, Hollywood; Air Force Altitude Training Center, WWII; Harvard Dept. of Social Relations; faculty Gregory Bateson, Florence Kluckhohn; London School of Economics, thesis, Raymond Firth; marriage to Marion Steuber, London friends and activities; Institute of Islamic Studies, McGill, 1954, ethnographic work; research in Mauritius, 1955-1957, continuing interest in family planning programs; LSE faculty, colleagues, Cambridge Conference, Royal Anthropological Institute, interest in role analysis, ethnographic films; UC Berkeley Dept. of Anthropology since 1966: faculty Elizabeth Colson, William Shack, others, innovative teaching, department chairship; research in Seychelles, 1960, 1974, Men, Women, and Money; social aspects of the move to Berkeley; UC administrative roles: Divisional Dean, Letters & Sciences, Budget Committee, Study Abroad Program, Lowie Museum of Anthropology: PPIE Exhibition, directorship; discusses worlds fair scholarshp, zoo education, Oakland Zoo, careers of daughters Barbara and Helen. Appended articles by Benedict.
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
2000 2001
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
Benedict, Burton. "Burton Benedict: A Social Anthropologist in Britain and Berkeley." Interview by Suzanne Riess in 2000 and 2001. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2002.