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.
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?
2 Jung and Social Thought
3 Interpretation Dilemmas Relating to Carl Gustav Jung's Concept in the Context of the Sociological-Anthropological Tradition
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
6 An Unconscious Source of Images: about how Bachelard Read Jung
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
9 Archetypal Feminine in Kaxinawá's Stories: A Decolonizing Option to Jungian Approach
10 The Hero as a Dominant Mythical Motif in Western Culture and Its Relevance Nowadays: The Postulates of Jung and his Followers
11 What Only They Could See: A Comparative Analysis of Hilma af Klint's Swan Paintings and C. G. Jung's Mandala Sketches
12 Traces of Psychological Impact Found in the Drawings by Cancer Patients
13 Return to Indigenous Art Forms: Potential for Healing
14 Erich Neumann's Great Mother, André Green's Dead Mother, and Ecopsychology
15 Wotan and Cocks: Reframing Jungian Sociology for the Early 21st Century
Part 3: Psychological Significance in Social Processes
16 Thinking of a Social Hierarchy as an Instinctual and Archetypal Phenomenon
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
20 Mania of Contemporary Capitalism-A Polish Perspective
Michaó Wróblewski Index
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.