Culture-Fair Psychoanalysis?

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(11), 1226–1227. Reviews the book, All the Mothers are One: Hindu India and the Cultural Reshaping of Psychoanalysis by Stanley N. Kurtz (1992). The first six chapters of this book are devoted to providing a basis for understanding Hindu culture within a psychoanalytic framework, and they lay the groundwork for a critical analysis of traditional psychoanalytic theories of Indian culture. The last three chapters focus on the development of a new approach to cross-cultural use of psychoanalytic theory and conclude with a reshaping of psychoanalysis. The author addresses the interface between anthropology and psychoanalysis by pointing out that there are relatively few anthropologists and few psychoanalysts who are still working at some kind of integration between the two fields. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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