Symbolic Imaginaries and the Subject

  • Marlon Xavier


This chapter explores the concept of symbolic imaginaries, a psychology of the unconscious and its symbolic and imaginative function, and their relations with subjectivity, based on C. G. Jung’s analytical psychology in an interdisciplinary dialog with different sociological traditions. Social imaginaries are discussed as being historically and culturally symbolic, originally founded upon the unconscious psyche, and naturally connected to the world of dreams. Underlying such discussion is the theory on archetypes, which grounds a unique theorization on the symbol, its difference with the concept of sign, and its import as the fundament of what is human (Ernst Cassirer’s idea of homo symbolicum). The chapter concludes by relating such topics to the concepts of représentations collectives (Durkheim) and participation mystique (Lévy-Bruhl).


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  • Marlon Xavier
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  1. 1.University of Caxias do SulCaxias do SulBrazil

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