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Archetypal and Cultural Perspectives on the Foreigner

Minorities and Monsters, 1st Edition

By Joanne Wieland-Burston


112 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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In this era of intense migration, the topic of the foreigner is of paramount importance. Joanne Wieland-Burston examines the question of the ‘foreign’ and ‘foreigner’ from multiple perspectives and explores how Jung and Freud were more interested in the wide phenomenon of the foreign in the unconscious rather than in their own personal lives. She analyses cultural approaches to the archetype of the foreigner throughout history using literary, cultural (as seen in mythological texts and fairy tales) and psychological references and interprets the scapegoating of foreign minorities as a projection of the monster onto the foreigner. The book includes contemporary perspectives on immigration and displacement throughout, from analysing patient case material, the archetypal needs of people who join terrorist groups, feelings of alienation, and the work of Palestinian-German psychologist Ahmad Mansour. Throughout this personal and highly topical study, Wieland questions and studies C. G. Jung’s own reflections on himself as a foreigner and her own personal experiences.

This book will be vital reading for Jungian psychotherapists and analytical psychologists in practice and in training, as well as for academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, archetypal studies, identity politics, and courses examining the experiences of displaced persons, refugees, migrants and minority groups.


‘Joanne Wieland-Burston offers us a book that is quite clear, profound, and excellently documented, on our relationship with the foreigner within us, around us, and afar. It provides observation, investigation, analysis, and personal experience that are of practical use to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists, researchers in the social sciences, and each one of us.’ - Christian Gaillard, Dr. Psy., training psychoanalyst and supervisor; former President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology; former Professor at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Paris; author of The Soul of Art: Analysis and Creation, Texas AM University Press

‘In this impressive and thoughtful book, Joanne Wieland-Burston helps us come to terms with the "other" in ourselves and in the world around us. This is a most timely and useful book, full of essential insights into the times we live in.’ - Murray Stein, PhD; author of Jung’s Map of the Soul

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Chapter 1: Deconstructing the Archetypes of the Foreigner; Chapter 2: The Archetypal Experiences of Meeting the Foreigner and Being One in Early Cultures, Mythologies and Literary Texts; Chapter 3: Monster Making/Scapegoating: One Way of Dealing with the Foreigner; Chapter 4: Alienation in the Modern World: Feeling Foreign; Chapter 5: The Encounter with the Foreigner in the Psychotherapeutic Context; Postscript; References; Index

About the Author

Joanne Wieland-Burston is an American-born Jungian analyst who studied in Zurich, Switzerland (1977-1981) and presently practices in Munich, Germany. She is a training analyst, supervisor and instructor at the International School for Analytical Psychology in Zurich and lectures internationally. Her background is in literature and art history.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Jungian