Collective Structures of Imagination in Jungian Interpretation


This book presents an analysis of the social aspects of Carl Gustav Jung's thought and its followers, the interpretation of the phenomena of contemporary social life (social imagery) from the perspective of the main categories of this thought (archetype, unconscious, collectivity, mass society, mass man). It also contains an attempt of their application for understanding contemporary social and political phenomena (e.g. Brazilian sebastianism, Balkan conflicts, virtual-imagery sphere of communication, figures of imagery in popular culture, and others). The authors examine the relationship between Jung’s and Jungians' (E. Neumann, J. Hillman, J. L. Henderson) conceptions and many accompanying them (e.g. Frankfurt school, Bachelard’s philosophy, American cultural psychoanalysis) and the background of contemporary social psychology, sociology, and cultural anthropology.

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Professor Robert A. Segal is Sixth Century Chair in Religious Studies at the University of Aberdeen. His main works include The Poimandres as Myth: Scholarly Theory and Gnostic Meaning (Berlin, 1986), Joseph Campbell: An Introduction (New York, 1987), Jung on Mythology (Princeton, 1998), Theorizing about Myth (Amherst, 1999), Myth: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2004/2015), and Myth Analyzed (London/New York, 2021).

Associate Professor Ilona Błocian is Director of the Institute of Philosophy and Director of the Center of Interdisciplinary Research and Philosophy of Culture at the University of Wrocław, Poland. Her main works include The Psychoanalytical Interpretations of Myth. Freud, Jung, Fromm (Warsaw, 2011), The Contemporary Influences of C. G. Jung’s Thought (Leiden, 2018), and Imagination: Art, Science and Social World (Berlin, 2020).

Dr. Andrew Kuzmicki conducts research at the International Association for Jungian Studies and writes for the Polish Online Journal of Analytical Psychology of Carl Gustav Jung. His main works include The Symbolism of the Self (Warsaw, 2008) and The Contemporary Influences of C. G. Jung’s Thought (Leiden, 2018).
List of Figures

Introduction: Archetypes and Imagination
Ilona Blocian, Robert Segal, and Andrew Kuzmicki

Part 1: Collective Structures of the Unconscious

1 What Is Real?
John Beebe

2 Jung and Social Thought
Ilona Blocian

3 Interpretation Dilemmas Relating to Carl Gustav Jung's Concept in the Context of the Sociological-Anthropological Tradition
Ewa Kwiatkowska

Part 2: Social Imaginarium

4 The Lost Art of Personalization
Vicky Jo Varner

5 The Wall: Object, Image, and Processes in the Individual and Collective Psyche
Monica Luci

6 An Unconscious Source of Images: about how Bachelard Read Jung
Kamila Morawska

7 In the Quest for Temenos: Metaphors for the Origins of Serbian Cultural Complexes
Bojana Stamenkovic Rudic

8 Therapy of Shadow in Film and Literature Introductory Remarks
Maria Kostyszak

9 Archetypal Feminine in Kaxinawá's Stories: A Decolonizing Option to Jungian Approach
Hannah Hennebert

10 The Hero as a Dominant Mythical Motif in Western Culture and Its Relevance Nowadays: The Postulates of Jung and his Followers
Patrycja Neumann

11 What Only They Could See: A Comparative Analysis of Hilma af Klint's Swan Paintings and C. G. Jung's Mandala Sketches
Kathrin Schaeppi

12 Traces of Psychological Impact Found in the Drawings by Cancer Patients
Norifumi Kishimoto

13 Return to Indigenous Art Forms: Potential for Healing
Josepha Bayes-King

14 Erich Neumann's Great Mother, André Green's Dead Mother, and Ecopsychology
Lidar Shany

15 Wotan and Cocks: Reframing Jungian Sociology for the Early 21st Century
Johann Graaff

Part 3: Psychological Significance in Social Processes

16 Thinking of a Social Hierarchy as an Instinctual and Archetypal Phenomenon
Andrew Kuzmicki

17 Cultural Complex, Death Anxiety, and Individuation During the Times of Populism: A Dialogue between Jungian Psychology and Social Psychology
Helge Michael Osterhold

18 Portuguese Sebastianism as an Intersection Field between the Right and Left Political Forces in Brazilian 2018 Presidential Elections
Gustavo Orlandeli Marques

19 From Compensation to Purpose. A Neo-Jungian Critique of Horkheimer and Marcuse
Stefano Carpani

20 Mania of Contemporary Capitalism-A Polish Perspective
Michaó Wróblewski
The book is addressed not only to specialists in the fields of psychoanalysis, history of psychoanalysis or history of ideas in philosophical and cultural anthropology, social psychology, psychotherapy or social thought, but also to students or doctoral students of these disciplines and a wide circle of readers interested in the Jungian conception.
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