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Explorations in Psychoanalytic Ethnography

Edited by Jadran Mimica

256 pages, 27 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-402-9 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (May 2007)

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Whereas most anthropological research is grounded in social, cultural and biological analysis of the human condition, this volume opens up a different approach: its concerns are the psychic depths of human cultural life-worlds as explored through psycho-analytic practice and/or the psychoanalytically framed ethnographic project. In fact, some contributors here argue that the anthropological interpretation of human existence is not sustainable without psychoanalysis; others take a less extreme radical stance but still maintain that the unconscious matrix of the human psyche and of the intersubjective (social) reality of any given cultural life-world is a vital domain of anthropological and sociological inquiry and understanding.

Jadran Mimica lectures in Anthropology at the University of Sydney.

Subject: Theory and Methodology Sociology



Introduction: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Ethnography
Jadran Mimica

Chapter 1. Culture and Psychoanalysis: A Personal Journey
Sudhir Kakar

Chapter 2. Aspects of the Naven Ritual: Conversations with an Iatmul Woman of Papua New Guinea
Florence Weiss and Milan Stanek

Chapter 3. Descended from the Celestial Rope: From the Father to the Son, and from the Ego to the Cosmic Self
Jadran Mimica

Chapter 4. To Dream, Perchance to Cure: Dreaming and Shamanism in a Brazilian Indigenous Society
Waud H. Kracke

Chapter 5. A Psychoanalytic Revisiting of Fieldwork and Intercultural Borderlinking
René Devisch

Chapter 6. On Tjukurrpa, Painting Up, and Building Thought
Craig San Roque

Chapter 7. A Cartography of Mental Health
Renata Volich Eisenbruch

Chapter 8. Psychotic Group Text: A Psychoanalytic Inquiry into the Production of Moral Conscience
James M. Glass

Chapter 9. 204 Interpreting Numinous Experiences
Dan Merkur

Chapter 10. The Religion of Psychoanalysis, or Ode to a Nightingale
Shahid Najeeb

Subject Index
Names Index

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