1st Edition

Cultural Complexes of Latin America Voices of the South

Edited By Thomas Singer Copyright 2024
    232 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 45 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Cultural Complexes of Latin America: South and the Soul explores the theory and embodied reality that cultural complexes are powerful determinants in the attitudes, behaviour, and emotional life of individuals and groups.

    The contributing authors, all from several Latin American countries, present compelling historical, anthropological, sociological, mythological, psychological, and personal perspectives on a part of the world that is full of promise and despair. Latin America is a region marked with psychic "fault lines" that cause disturbances in its populations on issues of social class, ethnicity, race, religion, gender, and even geography. Many of these "fault lines" appear to have their origins in the "basic fault" that occured with the conquest and colonization of the region, primarily by the Spanish and Portuguese. 

    This "basic fault" and its subsequent "fault lines" reside not only in various groups that compete for status, power, wealth, and meaning but in the psyche of every Latin American individual who carries the emotional memories and scars of conflicts that have coursed through their mixed blood for generations. 


    Latin America


    Thomas Singer

    Part 1: Brazil

    1. South and the Soul

    Gustavo Barcellos

    2. Cordial Racism: Race as a Cultural Complex

    Walter Boechat

    3. Non Ducor, Duco, I am not led, I lead

    Denise G. Ramos

    4. São Paulo and the Cultural Complexes of the City: Seeing Through Graffiti

    Liliana Liviano Wahba

    5. The Cultural Skin in Latin America

    Brain Feldman 

    Part 2: Chile

    6. At the Far End of the World: Exploring the Chilean Cultural Isolation Complex

    Claudia Beas and Javiera Sánchez

    Part 3: Colombia 

    7. In the Shadow of the Virgin Mary

    Maria Claudia Munévar

    Part 4: Mexico

    8. The Right to Exist: Mexico's Spiritual Colonization 

    Jacqueline Gerson

    9. The Broken Bridge: Exploring the Mythic Core of Mexican Cultural Complexes

    Claude Juvin and Rocio Ruiz

    Part 5: Uruguay

    10. The Official Story of Uruguay: Cultural Complexes Underlying What Was and Was Not Included

    Pilar Amezaga and Pablo Gelsi

    Part 6: Venezuela

    11. The Gringo Complex

    Áxel Capriles M.

    12. Latin America: A Region Split by its Cultural Complexes

    Eduardo Carvallo

    13. Venezuela: Cultural Complexes in Contemporary Context

    Margarita Méndez


    Thomas Singer, MD, is a psychiatrist and Jungian psychoanalyst who trained at Yale Medical School, Dartmouth Medical School, and the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco. He is the author of many books and articles that include a series of books on cultural complexes that have focused on Australia, Latin America, Europe, the United States, and Far East Asian countries, in addition to another series of books featuring Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche. He serves on the board of ARAS (Archive for Research into Archetypal Symbolism) and has served as co-editor of ARAS Connections for many years.