Freud, Jung and Boas: the psychoanalytic engagement with anthropology revisited

Kenny, Robert 2015, Freud, Jung and Boas: the psychoanalytic engagement with anthropology revisited, Notes and records of the Royal Society of London, no. 69, pp. 173-190.

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Title Freud, Jung and Boas: the psychoanalytic engagement with anthropology revisited
Author(s) Kenny, Robert
Journal name Notes and records of the Royal Society of London
Issue number 69
Start page 173
End page 190
Total pages 18
Publisher Royal Society Publishing
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-02-25
ISSN 1743-0178
Keyword(s) psychoanalysis
Arts & Humanities
History & Philosophy Of Science
Summary Sigmund Freud's and C. G. Jung's turn to evolutionist anthropological material after 1909 is usually seen as a logical progression of their long-term interest in such material. It is also seen that they used this material ignorant of the significant challenges to the evolutionist paradigm underpinning such material, in particular the challenges led by Franz Boas. This paper argues otherwise: that both psychologists' turnings to such material was a new development, that neither had shown great interest in such material before 1909, and that their turnings to such material, far from being taken in ignorance of the challenges to evolutionist anthropology, were engagements with those challenges, because the evolutionist paradigm lay at the base of psychoanalysis. It argues that it is no coincidence that this engagement occurred after their return from America in 1909, where they had come into first-hand contact with the challenges of Franz Boas.
Language eng
Field of Research 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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