2nd Edition

The Father Historical, Psychological and Cultural Perspectives

By Luigi Zoja Copyright 2018
    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    Countless children throughout the world grow up without fathers. In this revised and updated edition of The Father, accompanied by a new preface, Luigi Zoja studies the reasons for this and assesses the contribution of this phenomenon to social and psychological problems.

    Using examples from classical antiquity to the present day, Zoja views the origins and evolution of the father from a Jungian perspective. He argues that the father’s role in bringing up children is a social construction that has been subject to change throughout history, and goes on to examine the consequences and consider the crisis facing fatherhood today. No other existing book faces the subject of fatherhood from such a broad and multidisciplinary perspective. Covering these issues from historical, sociological and psychological points of view, this revised edition of The Father includes a complete reworking of the final part of the book, focusing on the condition of the father in today’s globalized world, and with a particular look at the role historical trauma and grief play in family relationships.

    The book will be of special interest to analytical psychologists and Jungian psychotherapists in practice and in training, academics and students of Jungian and post-Jungian studies, sociology, anthropology, gender studies, and history.


    List of figures



    Preface to the new edition


    PART I


    1 The mammals: the animals’ retreat from fatherhood

    2 The sexuality of the great apes

    3 The prehistoric horizon of the father

    4 The paternal revolution

    5 Lucy grows


    Myth and the classical age

    6 Patriarchy and matriarchy

    7 The historic horizon of the father

    8 The mythic origins of the father

    9 Hector

    10 Ulysses

    11 The myth of the father as the sole progenitor

    12 Aeneas


    Towards modern times and decadence

    13 From the Roman father, to the Son, to the French Revolution

    14 From the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution

    15 The disenchantment of war

    16 The reversal of the public father

    17 The voyage of the Joads


    The father today

    18 The rarefaction of the father

    19 The abdication of the father: in flight toward the past

    20 The abdication of the father: in flight toward the future

    21 The disappearance of elevation

    22 The breadwinner

    23 The search for the father

    PART V

    A final reflection

    24 A final reflection




    Luigi Zoja is an analytical psychologist in private practice in Milan who lectures internationally. He is a former training analyst of the C. G. Jung Institut, Zurich, past president of CIPA (Centro Italiano di Psicologia Analitica) and former president of IAAP (International Association of Analytical Psychology). He has taught at the University of Insubria and at Beijing Normal University. The previous edition of The Father received the Gradiva Award in the USA and the Premio Palmi in Italy and has appeared in 12 languages.