All the Mothers Are One: Hindu India and the Cultural Reshaping of Psychoanalysis by Stanley N. Kurtz, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
All the Mothers Are One: Hindu India and the Cultural Reshaping of Psychoanalysis

All the Mothers Are One: Hindu India and the Cultural Reshaping of Psychoanalysis

by Stanley N. Kurtz
     
 
Based on the author's ethnographic research in India, the book explores the psychology of Hinduism, and offers an innovative synthesis of psychoanylsis with modern anthropological theories of cultural difference. Stanley N. Kurtz offers a new interpretation of the multiple "mother goddesses" of Hinduism, and explores how this multiplicity is key to

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Based on the author's ethnographic research in India, the book explores the psychology of Hinduism, and offers an innovative synthesis of psychoanylsis with modern anthropological theories of cultural difference. Stanley N. Kurtz offers a new interpretation of the multiple "mother goddesses" of Hinduism, and explores how this multiplicity is key to understanding early childhood experience in which a child is raised by many "mothers" in the Hindu joint family.Arguing that traditional psychoanalytic approaches to Indian culture have applied Western models without regard to differing cultural circumstances, Kurtz suggests that immersion in a joint family plays a central role in the development of feelings and needs which are carried over into adult life. The book concludes with a briefr comparison of mothering in India and contemporary America. All the Mothers Are One makes a significant contribution to the growing debate concerning the role of psychoanalysis in the interpretation of culture and the study of cross-cultural human development.

Editorial Reviews

Gilbert Herdt
This book will take its place as a distinguished ethnography in the growing debate not only on the role of psychoanalytic thought in the interpretation of culture but also on the study of the symbolic forms of early childhood experience in a non-Western culture.
Robert A. Levine
Kurtz's meticulous scholarship and psychoanalytic interpretations are...presented in a lively style of writing that is very accessible and holds one's attention...an extremely interesting work as well as an original contribution to the psychoanalytic understanding of Hinduism.
Booknews
An anthropologically informed psychoanalysis of Hindu culture, revealing a "new" goddess discovered during the field work, not a separate entity, but, like all goddesses, the multiple identities of a single, comprehensive Mother Goddess. Traces the conception to the Hindu experience of being raised by many mothers, and investigates the implications for Western notions of self. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231078689
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
07/15/1992
Pages:
306
Product dimensions:
6.16(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Gilbert Herdt
This book will take its place as a distinguished ethnography in the growing debate not only on the role of psychoanalytic thought in the interpretation of culture but also on the study of the symbolic forms of early childhood experience in a non-Western culture.

Meet the Author

Stanley N. Kurtz recently received his Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University and is currently a Fellow of the Committee on Human Development and the Center for Research on Culture and Mental Health at the University of Chicago.

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