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Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures #1982: The Work of Culture: Symbolic Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

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Publisher Comments:

"The Work of Culture is the product of two decades of field research by Sri Lanka's most distinguished anthropological interpreter, and its combination of textual analysis, ethnographic sensitivity, and methodological catholicity makes it something of a blockbuster."—Arjun Appadurai, Journal of Asian Studies

Synopsis:

Despite its complexity and subtlety, this is a book which is accessible to individuals only tangentially concerned with psychoanalytic anthropology. For professionals in the field, and for other anthropologists as well, it will serve to define and bring into clear focus many issues of importance.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-333) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Preface

Lecture One - Representation and Symbol Formation in a Psychoanalytic Anthropology

1. Unfreezing the Text, Releasing the Narrative

2. Dromena and Cathartic Rituals: Regression and Progression in Collective Representations

Killing and the Resurrection

"Distortion" in the Work of Culture

The Limits of Cultural Elaboration

3. Symbolic Remove and the Work of Culture

Lecture Two - Oedipus: The Paradigm and its Hindu Rebirth

1. Relativizing the Oedipus Complex: The Trobriand Case

2. Further Steps in Relativization: The Indian Oedipus Revisited

Freud and the Indian Oedipus: An Imaginary Journey

3. Universalizing the Oedipus Complex: Argument with Wittgenstein

4. The Indian Oedipus in Sri Lanka: Pulleyar and the Lord Buddha Revisited

The Potent Pulleyar of Pul Eliya: Ethnographic Doubt

Myth Associations: Validation in Interpretation

Back to Leach: Motivation and Structure

5. Change, History, and the Forgetting of Pulleyar

Debate and the Historicity of Charter

The Buddhist Form of Life and the Emergence of the Father Killer

Lecture Three - The Parricide in Buddhist History

1. Myth Models of the Parricide: Oedipus in Sri Lanka

Parricide and Fratricide: The Story of King Asoka

Vasubandhu's Oedipus

2. Symbolic Parricide: The Conscience of Dutthagamani Abhaya

3. The True Parricide: Kasyapa of Sigiriya, the "Lion Mountain"

What Happened Then? A Brief Afterword

Conscience and Culture: The Parricidal King in Buddhist History

The Demonic Oedipus: Ethics, Conscience, and Culture

Cosmos and Psyche

4. Psychic Structures of the Long Run: The Marriage of the Hero

Appendix: Rajasinha I

Lecture Four - Freud and Anthropology: The Place Where Three Roads Meet

1. The First Intersubjectivity: The Anthropologist and the Native

2. The Second Intersubjectivity: Participation and Observation

3. The Third Intersubjectivity and the Idea of a Metatheory

The Third Intersubjectivity Pursued: Metatheory and Thick Description

Validation in Psychoethnographic Interpretation

The Expansion of the Third Intersubjectivity: The Idea of a "Cultural Consciousness"

4. Language and Symbolic Form in Psychoanalysis and Anthropology

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Author Index

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226615998
Foreword:
Harris, Alfred
Author:
Harris, Alfred
Foreword by:
Harris, Alfred
Foreword:
Harris, Alfred
Author:
Obeyesekere, Gananath
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Hinduism
Subject:
Psychoanalysis
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
Symbolism
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and culture
Subject:
Sinhalese (Sri Lankan people) -- Psychology -- Case studies.
Subject:
Sinhalese
Subject:
Psychoanalysis and culture -- Sri Lanka.
Subject:
Symbolism (Psychology) -- Case studies.
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Lewis Henry Morgan Lecture Series
Series Volume:
1405-A1982
Publication Date:
19901031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
380
Dimensions:
9.03x6.10x.86 in. 1.10 lbs.

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