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Culture, Subject, Psyche
Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology
Anthony Molino, ed.

2004 • 240 pp. 6 x 9"

$34.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-6741-3

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Rethinking relations between disciplines long held to be at odds.

The 20th century was marked by two profoundly different insights into the nature of humanity: one views each person as the product of unconscious desires, while the other sees the individual as the product of language and culture. While many still believe these two insights to be irreconcilable, there are a growing number of scholars attempting to integrate the psychoanalytic subject into their culturally-bound research. In this groundbreaking new work, Anthony Molino has collected in-depth interviews with seven renowned anthropologists and social theorists: MARC AUGÉ, VINCENT CRAPANZANO, KATHERINE EWING, GANANATH OBEYESEKERE, MICHAEL RUSTIN, KATHLEEN STEWART, and PAUL WILLIAMS. These dialogues, alongside essays by Molino, anthropologists WESLEY SHUMAR and WAUD KRACKE, and psychoanalyst LUCIA VILLELA, update the prevailing conceptions of psychoanalysis within anthropology. They explore possible psychoanalytic contributions to ethnographic theory and practice on matters concerning the self, narrative, identity, the unconscious, and fieldwork and power relations.

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Reviews / Endorsements

A distinguished sample of contemporary scholarship, beautifully written and brilliantly conceived. Molino's dialogues with leading anthropologists are riveting, tracing as they do a unique and exhilarating rendezvous between psychoanalysis and anthropology. —Christopher Bollas, author of Hysteria and Free Association

“While psychoanalysis and anthropology were lovers in the early 20th century, their breakup in the 1960s resulted in loss to both disciplines. This important volume makes a genuine rapprochement possible by sorting out the threads that bind and loosen the relationship.”Elmer S. Miller, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, Temple University

ANTHONY MOLINO is a practicing psychoanalyst with a Ph.D in anthropology. His works include Where Id Was: Challenging Normalization in Psychoanalysis (Wesleyan, 2001) and the award-winning edited collection, The Couch and the Tree: Dialogues in Psychoanalysis and Buddhism (1998). He grew up in Philadelphia and now lives in Italy.

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