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Jung and Sociological Theory
Readings and Appraisal

Edited By

Gavin Walker

ISBN 9781138688735
Published November 20, 2017 by Routledge
232 Pages

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Book Description

Carl Jung has always lain at the edge of sociology's consciousness, despite the existence of a long-established Freudian tradition. Yet, over the years, a small number of sociological writers have considered Jung; one or two Jungian writers have considered sociology. The range of perspectives is quite wide: Durkheim, Weber, Marx, Levi-Strauss, feminism, mass society, postmodernism. These scattered writings, however, have had little cumulative impact and inspired little debate. The authors seem often not to have known of each other, while the sociological mainstream has remained unmoved or unaware.

This is the situation that this book seeks to change. Jung and Sociological Theory brings together a selection of articles and excerpts in a single volume, together with some writings from anthropology, and seeks to begin the task of critical evaluation. Presented in three parts, the book covers anthropology, sociology and an appraisal of Jung and sociological theory. Gavin Walker explores the relationship between Jung and sociology, asking what the writers included here wanted from Jung, how we should locate Jung on the sociological landscape, and how this might link to anthropology. In conclusion he suggests that sociology’s problem with Jung is less that he is difficult to place, than that he compels sociology to face some of its own inconsistencies and evasions.

Jung and Sociological Theory will be of interest to all academics and students working in the fields of Jungian studies, analytical psychology and psychoanalysis, sociology, anthropology, feminism, comparative religion and the history of ideas.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Jung and the sociocultural sciences

Part I: Anthropology

Introduction: Anthropology and Jung

Edward SapirCulture as "as-if" psychology

Ruth BenedictThe individual and the pattern of culture

Paul Radin  – On Freud, Adler and Jung

Paul Radin  – Psychological types: The man of action and the thinker

Paul Radin  – Psychological types:The religious and the non-religious man

Part II: Sociology

Introduction: Sociology and Jung

Ira Progoff – The psyche in society and history

Susan Greenwood Émile Durkheim and C. G. Jung: Structuring a transpersonal sociology of religion

Chito Guala – Jung, Durkheim, Lévi-Strauss: From archetypes to models

Vernon W. Gras Myth and the reconciliation of opposites: Jung and Lévi-Strauss

James M. Glass Marx, Kafka and Jung: The appearance of species-being

Beverley D. Zabriskie –The feminine pre- and post-Jungian

Gavin Walker – Sociological theory and Jungian psychology

Marko Novak – Ideal types of law from the perspective of psychological typology

Part III: Appraisal

Jung and sociocultural theory

Introduction: Jung and the sociocultural sciences

Jung and the sociological landscape

Jung, sociology and reflexive analysis

Readings: The authors


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Gavin Walker is a Lecturer in Social Sciences at West College Scotland, UK