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Psychological and Medical Anthropology: Psychoanalytic Anthropology

Psychoanalytic Anthropology

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, these books are available in the Geisel Library.  A few of the sources are available online--for those which indicate "UCSD only" please follow these instructions when accessing from off-campus.

Cohler, B. “Intent and meaning in psychoanalysis and cultural study” in New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, T. Schwartz, G. White, and C. Lutz, eds. pp. 269-293.

Crapanzano, V. (1992), “Some thoughts on hermeneutics and psychoanalytic anthropology” in New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, T. Schwartz, G. White, and C. Lutz, eds., pp. 294-307.

Crapanzano, V. (2002), Hermes’ Dilemma and Hamlet’s Desire.

Ewing, Katherine.  (1992), “Is psychoanalysis relevant for anthropology?” in New Directions in Psychological Anthropology, T. Schwartz, G. White, and C. Lutz, eds.,  pp. 251-268

Gregor, Thomas A and Donald Tuzin (2001), “The anguish of gender: men’s cults and moral contradiction in Amazonia and Melanesia,” in Gender in Amazonia and Melanesia: an exploration of the comparative method, T. Gregor and D. Tuzin (eds.), pp. 309-336.  Available online, open access.  Also available in print in Geisel Library.

 Heald, Suzette and Ariane Deluz, eds. (1994), Anthropology and Psychoanalysis: an encounter through culture, London: Routledge

Ingham, John M. (1996), “Oedipality in pragmatic discourse: the Trobriands and Hindu India,” Ethos 24:559-587.  UCSD only.Available online, 

Johnson, A. (1992), “Psychoanalysis and materialism” in Psychoanalytic Anthropology after Freud, D. Spain, ed. 

Johnson, Allen (1998), “Repression: a reexamination of the concept as applied to folktales,” Ethos 26: 295 -313.  Available online, UCSD only.

Kirschner, S. (1992), “Anglo-American values in post-Freudian Psychoanalysis,” in Psychoanalytic Anthropology after Freud, D. Spain, ed., New York: Psyche Press

Kurtz, Stanley N. (1991), “Polysexualization: a new approach to Oedipus in the Trobriands,” Ethos 19: 69-101.  Available online, UCSD only.

Kurtz, Stanley N. (1992), All the Mothers are One: Hindu India and the Cultural Reshaping of Psychoanalysis

Kurtz, Stanley N. (1993), “A Trobriand Complex,” Ethos 21: 79-103.  Available online, UCSD only.

Leledakis, Kanakis. (1995), Society and Psyche: social theory and the unconscious dimension of the social.  Not held at UCSD.  Request through interlibrary loan.

Meeker, M. (1990), “Natural objects and substitutive acts: the symbolic process in the anthropologies of Durkheim and Freud,” in Personality and the cultural construction of society, D. Jordan and M. Swartz, eds.

Obeyesekere, G. (1990), The work of culture: symbolic transformation in psychoanalysis and anthropology.

Oring, Elliot. (2003), Engaging humor.

Oring, Elliott (1993), “Victor Turner, Sigmund Freud, and the return of the repressed,” Ethos 21(3): 273-294

Paul,  Robert A. (1987), “The question of applied psychoanalysis and the interpretation of cultural symbolism,” Ethos 15(1): 82-103

Paul, Robert A. (1982), The Tibetan symbolic world: psychoanalytic explorations.

Paul, Robert A. (1989), “Psychoanalytic anthropology,” Annual Review of Anthropology 18: 177-202.  Available online, UCSD only.

Silverman, Eric Kline (2001), Masculinity, motherhood, and mockery: psychoanalyzing culture and the Iatmul naven rite in New Guinea.

Spain, David H. (1992), “Oedipus Rex or Edifice Wrecked? Some comments on the universality of oedipality and the cultural limitations of Freud’ thought,” in Psychoanalytic Anthropology after Freud, D. Spain, ed.

Spain, David H. ed. (1992), Psychoanalytic Anthropology after Freud.

Spiro, Melford E. (1993 w/ new pref., orig pub 1982), Oedipus in the Trobriands.

Spiro, Melford E. (1992), “Oedipus Redux,” Ethos 20: 358-376

  1. Spiro, Melford E. (1993), “Tropes, defenses, and unconscious mental representations: some critical reflections on the ‘Primary Process’,” Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Thought 16(2): 155-196.  This volume not held at UCSD.  Request article through interlibrary loan.

Stein, H. (1994), The dream of culture: essays on culture’s elusiveness Not held at UCSD.  Request through interlibrary loan.

Stein, Howard F. (2004), Beneath the crust of culture: psychoanalytic anthropology and the cultural unconscious in American life, New York: Rodopi


(More technical lit. on defense mechanisms and adaptive efforts:  Anna Freud (1936), The ego and the mechanisms of defense; P. Suppes and H. Warren (1975), “On the generation and classification of defense mechanisms,” International Journal of Psychoanalysis 56:405-414; R. Nesse and A. Lloyd (1992), “The evolution of psychodynamic mechanisms,” in The adapted mind: evolutionary psychology and the generation of culture, J. Barkow, L. Cosmides, and J. Tooby (eds.), Oxford U. Press, pp. 601-624)