Based on Jung's theory of complexes, this book offers a new perspective on the psychological nature of conflicts between groups and cultures by introducing the concept of the cultural complex. This modern version of Jung's idea offers an original view of the forces that prevent human attempts to bring a peaceful, collaborative spirit to conflict between groups. Leading analysts and academics from a range of cultural backgrounds present their own perspective on the concept, demonstrating how the effects of cultural complexes can be felt in the behaviour of disenfranchised, oppressed and traumatized groups across the world. The Cultural Complex represents a valuable contribution to analytical psychology and will undoubtedly also stimulate dialogue in the fields of sociology, political science and cultural studies.
T. Singer, Introduction. Part 1: The Cultural Complex in the Psyche of the Group. T. Singer, The Cultural Complex and Archetypal Defenses of the Group Spirit: Baby Zeus, Elian Gonzales, Constantine's Sword, and Other Holy Wars. J. Gerson, Malinchismo: Betraying One's Own. C. San Roque, A Long Weekend: Alice Springs, Central Australia. J. Henderson, The Foot-Race For A Prize. M. Roy, When a Religious Archetype Becomes a Cultural Complex: Puritanism in America. L. Zoja, Trauma and Abuse: The Development of a Cultural Complex in the History of Latin America. T. Kawai, Postmodern Consciousness in the Novels of Haruki Murakami: An Emerging Cultural Complex. D.G. Ramos, Corruption: Symptom of a Cultural Complex in Brazil? A. Samuels, What Does it Mean to Be in 'The West'?: Psychotherapy as a Cultural Complex - 'Foreign' Insights into 'Domestic' Healing Practices. Part 2: The Cultural Context in the Psyche of the Group and the Individual. E. Weisstub, E. Galili-Weisstub, Collective Trauma and Cultural Complexes. B. Meador, Light The Seven Fires: Seize the Seven Desires. T.B. Kirsch, Cultural Complexes in the History of Jung, Freud and Their Followers. Part 3: The Cultural Context in the Psyche of the Individual: Clinical Cases. S. Kimbles, A Cultural Complex Operating in the Overlap of Clinical and Cultural Space. H. Morgan, Exploring Racism: A Clinical Example of a Cultural Complex. J. Beebe, A Clinical Encounter With A Cultural Complex. Part 4: The Cultural Complex and Individuation of the Group. A. Berg, Ubuntu: A Contribution to the "Civilization of the Universal". B. Feldman, Towards a Theory of Organizational Culture: Integrating the 'Other' from a Post-Jungian Perspective. M. Stein, On the Politics of Individuation in the Americas. Illustrations. Diagram of the Psyche as Formulated by Jung. The Image of Baby Zeus Surrounded by the Kouretes. Robert Rauschenberg Print.
Thomas Singer is a Psychiatrist and Jungian Analyst in San Francisco. He is Chair of the Extended Education Committee of the San Francisco CG Jung Institute and author of The Vision Thing: Myth, Politics and Psyche in the World, Routledge 2000.