The Multicultural Imagination: Race, Color, and the Unconscious

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Psychology Press, 1996 - 269 頁
Psychoanalysis has tended to ignore the importance of "race" within the unconscious. In The Multicultural Imagination Michael Vannoy Adams investigates the deep-seated, unconscious origins and effects of racism or "colorism" and argues that "race" is as important as any other aspect of the unconscious. The author presents case material from patients for whom "race" or color is a significant social and political concern which impacts on them personally. In the therapeutic dialogue and in dreams, these patients struggle to establish an effective individual identity in relation to whatever collective "racial" identity may have been either imposed on them or adopted by them. The Multicultural Imagination challenges the essentialist view that restricts all individuals to this kind of collective identity. The book uses various analytic perspectives in both the Freudian and Jungian traditions to cover topics such as "whiteness" and "blackness, " the "cultural unconscious, " the "civilized" and the "primitive." Focusing on Jung's visits to Africa and his nightmares about the color complex of whites and blacks, Michael Vannoy Adams offers a re-reading of Jung's theory of the collective unconscious - one that includes cultural differences. With reference to the work of Frantz Fanon and Alice Walker, the author shows how questions about universal, human principles have continued to inform thinking about "race." This book exposes the unconscious attitudes that have stood in the way of an authentically multicultural imagination. It encourages psychoanalysts and psychotherapists to recognize the importance of "race" or color within the unconscious and will interest those working in other fields,including cultural studies and "racial" and ethnic studies.
 

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Pluralism racism and colorism
1
Whiteness and blackness nature and culture
17
The cultural unconscious and collective differences
37
Going black going primitive going instinctive
51
Jung in Black Africa
68
Hair kinky straight bald
85
Jung on race and the unconscious
101
The color complex
120
Frantz Fanon and AlIce Walker on humanism and universatism
159
going other going different
178
Case material race material
192
Colorchange dreams and racial identity
210
A colorchange from brown to white to black
226
Old Man River
240
Bibliography
247
Name index
257

The mirror of identity
142

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Michael Vannoy Adams is Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalytic Studies at the New School for Social Research, New York.

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