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Can individual psychology explain social phenomena? An appraisal of the theory of cultural complexes

Lu, K (2013) 'Can individual psychology explain social phenomena? An appraisal of the theory of cultural complexes.' Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. ISSN 1088-0763

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Abstract

This paper explores the nature of interdisciplinary research in psychoanalytic studies by critically assessing the theory of cultural complexes. Too often, ?applied psychoanalysis? becomes ?wild psychoanalysis? when interventions ignore the respective epistemologies and methodologies of the disciplines onto which depth psychological theories are being applied. The notion of cultural complexes is one such case. The claim that the idea is a uniquely Jungian contribution to understanding culture is challenged. Important methodological hurdles that arise when a psychology of the individual is mobilized to explain group phenomena are ignored, as are its debts to the discipline of history. Perhaps most problematic is how the theory potentially sustains a tyrannical framework whereby different ways of remembering a past are stifled.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: analytical psychology; cultural complex; methodology; psychohistory; history
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Kevin Lu
Date Deposited: 01 May 2013 13:41
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 18:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/6096

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