Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia
Edited by Craig San Roque, Amanda Dowd and David Tacey
Published by: SPRING Jrnl
To be launched by Maurice Whelan
Venue: gleebooks, 49 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe
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Present will be Jungian Analyst, co-editor and contributing author Amanda Dowd and contributing authors Dr Ute Eickelkamp, Dr Patricia Please, Dr David Russell and Melinda Turner.
Placing Psyche is the first in a series of books that explores the notion of cultural complexes in a variety of settings around the world. The continent of Australia is the focus of this inaugural volume in which the contributors elucidate how the unique geography and peoples of Australia interact and interpenetrate to create the particular "mindscapes" of the Australian psyche.
While the cultural complexes of Australia are explored with a keen eye to the specificity of place, history, context, and content, at the same time it becomes obvious that these cultural complexes emerge out of an archetypal background that is not just Australian but global. This collection shows how cultural complex theory itself mediates between the particularity of place and the universality of archetypal patterns.
“As western cultures become more eco-conscious, the key psychological and political role of place and land is highlighted. This study of land and people opens up a new field that will be of huge value for generations to come-in Australia and across the globe.” Andrew Samuels, D.H.L., Professor Of Analytical Psychology, University Of Essex