Culture and Psyche: Selected Essays

Culture and Psyche: Selected Essays

by Sudhir Kakar

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In these essays renowned psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar uses diverse sources, including case studies, Indian myths and legends, and fiction, to analyse various facets of Indian identity. He explores the Indian psyche through a cultural and psychoanalytical investigation of ideas concerning identity and sexuality. The second edition updates the role of culture in psychoanalytical thoughts, and includes discussions on culture and psychoanalysis, rumours and riots, and the psychology of Islamist terrorism. Culture and Psyche will appeal equally to scholars of social psychology, cultural studies, anthropology, and sociology, as well as general readers interested in the psychology of Indian imagination.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199087990
Publisher: OUP India
Publication date: 08/20/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 273 KB

About the Author

Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst and writer who lives in Goa, India. Kakar's sixteen books of non-fiction and four of fiction, include The Inner World (now in its 16th printing since its first publication in 1978), Shamans, Mystics and Doctors, The Analyst and the Mystic, Culture and Psyche, The Colors of Violence as also the novels The Ascetic of Desire, Ectasy, and Mira and the Mahatma. His books have been translated into twenty languages around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture in Psychoanalytic Thought
Culture and Psychoanalysis: A Personal Journey
Encounters of the Psychological Kind: Freud, Jung, and India
Psychoanalysis and Non-western Cultures
Clinical Work and Cultural Imagination
The Maternal-Feminine in Indian Psychoanalysis
Maternal Enthrallment: Two Case Histories
The Search for Middle Age in India
Rumours and Riots
On the Psychology of Islamist Terrorism

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