I recently edited a special issue of Clio’s Psyche on “psychoanalytic anthropology” which may be of interest to Somatosphere’s readers. The issue contains 18 brief and accessible articles on a range of approaches in psychoanalytic anthropology as well as personal reflections from anthropologists working from a variety of psychoanalytic perspectives, including contributions from Robert LeVine, Ellen Corin, Howard Stein, and Allen Johnson. In the introduction, I note that:
“The notion of a psychoanalytic and ethnographic toolkit is an adept metaphor for this issue. The contributing authors demonstrate a range of dialogues, integrations, and overlaps between anthropology and psychoanalysis in their theoretical discussions, personal reflections and histories, and psychoanalytically oriented ethnographic cases and interpretations.”
The special issue is relevant for those seeking an introduction to psychoanalytic anthropology and those interested in the emerging research and thinking at the intersections between anthropological and psychoanalytic method and theory. Scholars interested in subjectivity, mental health, and medical anthropology will find several relevant articles. Due to their size and format, many of the articles would also be useful for teaching. The issue can be found here.
The table of contents is below:
Reflecting on How We Know
Dreamwork and Fieldwork in Sri Lanka
Participant Observation in Toxic Interactions
Intercultural Transference and Countertransference in a Deeply Divided Society
Countertransference in an Anthropological Study of Extreme Violence in Pakistan
Formalizing the Interpersonal in Anthropological Field Research
Psychoanalytic Insights in Ethnography
Reconstituting Culturally Constituted Defense Mechanisms for Globalization
DMT, Ecocide, and the Western Psyche
A Brief Psychoanalytic Ethnography of Speech and Knowledge among the Yagwoia
Hidden Meanings at the Masters
Matthew Richard and Matt Newsom
Meaning and Political Subjectivity in Psychotic Illness
Illness as Intimacy: Rethinking the Ego and the Id
The Mixed Legacy of Gregory Bateson
Between Geertz and Kohut: Chicago in the 1960s
My Journey Toward and Within Psychoanalytic Anthropology
The Work of the Other
Argentinidad or Neurosis?
Aaron Denham is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and a former fellow in the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Fellowship Program. His research and publications have addressed topics such as intergenerational trauma, child mortality, and infanticide discourse and practice in Northern Ghana.
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