Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

2020 Edition
| Editors: David A. Leeming

Psychoanalytic Cultural Analysis

  • Peggy KayEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-24348-7_9264

Introduction: Psychological Approach, Psychoanalytic Process, and Analysis of Culture

The primary psychological tool for psychoanalytic cultural analysis is depth psychology, which is integral to psychoanalysis, plus personality psychology, cross-cultural psychology, Jungian psychology, and social psychology. These tools are best suited to examine the full range of culture in all aspects. Additional specialized tools include psychology of religion, archetypal psychology, relational psychology, community psychology, psychologies of liberation, peace psychology, and ecopsychology. Important elements of culture to be analyzed include religion, mythology, social networks, social conditions, public awareness and discourse, and institutions of all kinds. Social location takes into account many of these factors and is critical to locating the person, relationship, society, and culture itself in time and place.

Psychoanalysis of Culture

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MinneapolisUSA
  2. 2.Division 36, Psychology of Religion and SpiritualityAmerican Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Division 32, Humanistic and Existential PsychologyTranspersonal Psychology Special Interest Group, American Psychological AssociationWashingtonUSA