Steps to an Ecology of Mind

By Gregory Bateson; Mary Catherine Bateson (Foreword by)
(University of Chicago Press, Paperback, 9780226039053, 533pp.)

Publication Date: April 2000

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Gregory Bateson was a philosopher, anthropologist, photographer, naturalist, and poet, as well as the husband and collaborator of Margaret Mead. With a new foreword by his daughter Mary Katherine Bateson, this classic anthology of his major work will continue to delight and inform generations of readers.
"This collection amounts to a retrospective exhibition of a working life. . . . Bateson has come to this position during a career that carried him not only into anthropology, for which he was first trained, but into psychiatry, genetics, and communication theory. . . . He . . . examines the nature of the mind, seeing it not as a nebulous something, somehow lodged somewhere in the body of each man, but as a network of interactions relating the individual with his society and his species and with the universe at large." D. W. Harding, "New York Review of Books"
" Bateson's] view of the world, of science, of culture, and of man is vast and challenging. His efforts at synthesis are tantalizingly and cryptically suggestive. . . .This is a book we should all read and ponder." Roger Keesing, "American Anthropologist"
Gregory Bateson (1904-1980) was the author of "Naven" and "Mind and Nature."



About the Author
Bateson's work spanned from anthropology and communication theory to his studies of alcoholism and schizophrenia at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.

Mary Catherine Bateson is Clarence J. Robinson Professor Emerita in Anthropology and English at George Mason University and president of the Institute for Intercultural Studies. Her most recent book is Full Circles, Overlapping Lives: Culture and Generation in Transition.
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