Taboo, Personal and Collective Representations examines the symbolic nature of taboo, asking what is the purpose of a taboo and how it varies across cultures. The book focuses on the concept of taboo as an in-between, organizing principle that differentiates stages through a ritual process of separating order as clean/blessed from disorder as polluted/disassociated.
This book uses an interdisciplinary approach that compares the anthropological, ethnological, sociological, and depth psychological perspectives of renowned scholars in their examination of taboos. Unconscious/conscious taboos influence how we perceive transitional, indeterminate states across margins in the maturation and individuation processes. The book argues that a taboo embodies the perilous, symbolic meaning of such a rite of passage and that its emotional value and intensity in the form of symptomology varies across cultures.
Taboo, Personal and Collective Representations will be of great interest to researchers, academics, and postgraduate students in the fields of anthropology, ethnology, origins of religion, race, gender, and depth psychology.
"Dr Brodersen has taken a broad interdisciplinary approach to the fascinating subject of taboo to examine it from multiple angles, building on classic and modern treatments of the subject to introduce it into new areas of understanding. In particular, Brodersen carefully weaves together a tapestry on the subject that brings its many facets into view beautifully, showing just how relevant the topic is with respect to human development and psychodynamic clinical theory. Bringing an inclusive but also nuanced and precise approach to the subject of taboo, Brodersen presents an excellent interdisciplinary contribution to the study of ritual, religious/magical thinking and the mind."
Erik Goodwyn MD, Director, Psychotherapy Training, University of Louisville, USA.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Nature of Taboo in Indigenous Practices
Chapter 3: Taboo, order, disorder, abjection and dirt.
Chapter 4: Totem and taboo, animal categories, and kinship structure
Chapter 5: The Origin and Positioning of Incest Taboo
Chapter 6: Taboo, and emotional ambivalence
Chapter 7: Taboo, rites of passage, and indeterminate states
Chapter 8: Taboo, shamanism, and Jungian psychoanalysis
Chapter 9: Conclusion