Introduction: Culture in Psychoanalytic Thought

Sudhir Kakar

in Culture and Psyche

Second edition

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195696684
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080304 | DOI:
Introduction: Culture in Psychoanalytic Thought

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The various changes in psychoanalysis over the last 100 years can be linked to the vicissitudes of Western intellectual and social history during the twentieth century. Some analysts, including Sigmund Freud, have tackled the issue of culture in psychoanalytic theory. According to Freud, culture is a product of coercion and renunciation of instincts. In its global, undifferentiated aspect, culture played an influential role in the formation of the superego, that is, in the development and functioning of the psyche. This chapter discusses culture in classical psychoanalysis, ego psychology, and object-relations schools. It also describes culture and self-psychology and presents a psychoanalytic view of culture.

Keywords: Sigmund Freud; psychoanalysis; culture; superego; psyche; ego psychology; object-relations schools; self-psychology

Chapter.  6884 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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