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Edmund Leach, 2 August 1984

Nomads and the Outside World 
by A.M. Khazanov, translated by Julia Crookenden.
Cambridge, 369 pp., £37.50, February 1984, 0 521 23813 7
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The House of Si Abd Allah: The Oral History of a Moroccan Family 
edited by Henry Munson.
Yale, 320 pp., £17.95, April 1984, 0 300 03084 3
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Ruth Benedict: Patterns of a Life 
by Judith Modell.
Chatto, 255 pp., £15, February 1984, 0 7011 2771 6
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... Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences (1968) will tell them all they need to know. However, Judith Modell’s book is the first ‘full-scale’ biography. It started out as a PhD dissertation completed in 1978 and retains the hallmarks of its origin. The scholarly apparatus is massively comprehensive, but Ruth Benedict (née Fulton) does not show ...

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