JOURNEYS TO FOREIGN SELVES: Asians and Asian Americans in a Global Era

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Drawing upon author's long-term psychoanalytical practice, research, and actual clinical data, this book examines the psychological ramifications of transnational immigration to Western countries and the continued influence of indigenous cultures on South Asian Diaspora. It explores new ways of understanding the psyche of migrants from the diverse cultures of South Asia and the universal norms applied in Western practice. To this end it embraces and critiques the categories that are more specific to this region,...
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Overview


Drawing upon author's long-term psychoanalytical practice, research, and actual clinical data, this book examines the psychological ramifications of transnational immigration to Western countries and the continued influence of indigenous cultures on South Asian Diaspora. It explores new ways of understanding the psyche of migrants from the diverse cultures of South Asia and the universal norms applied in Western practice. To this end it embraces and critiques the categories that are more specific to this region, such as the magic-cosmic world of private destiny, reincarnation, astrology, and palmistry. By using more informed ways of understanding this exodus of people, the book attempts to find a new paradigm fusing spirituality with psychoanalysis.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198069461
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/18/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Training Analyst and member, Faculty, and Board of Directors, National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, New York

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction 1

Part 1 Journeys to Asian and Asian American Selves

1 Psychoanalysis Across Civilizations A Personal Journey 11

2 The Familial Self Revisited 33

3 Understanding Asians and Asian Americans in a Global Era 54

4 Across Civilizations Psychoanalytic Therapy with Asians and Asian Americans 80

5 Trauma and Dissociation 9/11 and the India-Pakistan Partition 97

Part 2 The Spiritual and Psychoanalytic Selves

6 On Mysticism The Uses and Misuses of Psychoanalysis in South Asian Studies 117

7 The Spiritual Self and Psychopathology Theoretical Reflections and Clinical Observations 133

8 Religious Imagery, Spiritual Practices, and Personal Destiny in Psychoanalytic Therapy with Hindu Women 151

Part 3 Cultural Psychologies

9 Psychoanalysis in India and Japan The Cultural Psychologies of Sudhir Kakar Takeo Doi 173

10 Another Voice and Position Psychoanalysis Across Civilizations 191

11 Cultural Psychologies of Bicultural Psychotherapists Pittu Laungani Philip Wong 203

Epilogue 219

Bibliography 225

Index 237

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