Cultures and Identities in Transition returns to the roots of analytical psychology, offering a thematic approach which looks at personal and cultural identities in relation to Jung’s own identity and the identities of contemporary Jungians.
The book begins with two clinical studies, representing a meeting point between the traditional praxis of Jungian analysis, on the one side, and the current zeitgeist, world events and collective anxieties as impacting on persons in therapy, on the other.
An international range of expert contributors go on to discuss topics including:
- issues of national and personal identity – looking back to a shared history and forward to novel applications of Jungian ideas.
- Jung’s cross-disciplinary dialogues with Victor White.
- what the designation "Jungian" actually means.
Based on papers given at the joint IAAP and IAJS conference held in Zurich in 2008, this book will be essential reading for all Jungians.
Editors’ Introduction. Colman, ‘Something Wrong with the World’: Towards an Analysis of Collective Paranoia. Herrmann, The Emergence of Moby Dick in the Dreams of a Five-Year-Old Boy. Langwieler, "Wotan": A Political Myth of the German Collective Unconscious. Three Debates of Shadow Aspects of the Collective Identities of Germans and Jews in the Germany of National-Socialism. Wieland-Burston, "Bubbe Mayseh" (The Archetype of Grandparents), or: Me and My Grandparents: Stories and History. Roesler, Archetypal Patterns in Postmodern Identity Construction – A Cultural Approach. Ramos, Creativity and Art as Part of the elaboration of trauma brought on by slavery. Miller, Traditional Coastal Sami Healers in Transition. Connolly, Daughters of the Devil: Feminine Subjectivity and the Female Vampire. Gaillard, Jung’s Art. Tacey, Jung: Rebuilding the Temple. Dourley, In the End it All Comes to Nothing: The Basis of Identity in Non-Identity. Bishop, Social (Collective) Unconsciousness and Mythic Scapegoating: C.G. Jung and René Girard. Hill, The Changing Images of God: An Anticipatory Appraisal of the Jung/White Encounter. Segal, Jung and White on Gnosticism. Weldon, Types of Thomists: Victor White’s Use of Aquinas as Exemplar of a Dialectical Synthesis. Lammers, Bridge, Amalgam, Paper Clip: A Brief Typology. Kirsch, Reflections on the Word "Jungian". Kawai, Jungian Psychology in Japan between Mythological World and Contemporary Consciousness. Fredericksen, Arguments in Favour of a Jungian Hermeneutic of Suspicion.
"I found most chapters in this book intriguing and enlightening... There are several clinical examples presented by the authors that help to bring Jungian theories to life... As the introduction highights this book is for Jungian analysts however as a non-Jungian I have found most chapters to be of value in my own clinical practice." -Ranveer Dhillon, Journal of Critical Psychology, 16, 2015
"What is Jungian Studies? One way to answer this question is to turn to this fine new collection of crafted essays, edited by Murray Stein and Raya A. Jones...this collection proves the fertility of the field...one can only have gratitude for a book such as this. It gives a taste and introduction to many fine writers and vital debates." – Susan Rowland, Journal of Analytical Psychology, 56, 2011