Mind, Culture, and Global Unrest: Psychoanalytic Reflections (Paperback)Salman Akhtar (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 234
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 230 x 147 mm
Salman Akhtar's book is an impressive and passionate plea for a culturally relevant psychoanalysis. His deep knowledge of the field enables him to describe the issues with a bilateral flow of information between psychoanalysis and the humanities. He brilliantly explores current questions of migration, minorities, social prejudices, and terrorism. He also offers strategies for diminution of the pain of minorities and of prejudices as well as guidelines for the remediation of processes of dehumanization associated with terrorism. This book is an urgently needed psychoanalytic contribution to our present social and political problems.
Werner Bohleber, Frankfurt
This is an extremely captivating, timely and courageous book. It reveals Salman Akhtar's highly original hermeneutics and pragmatic vision of the current global crisis. Akhtar addresses the contemporary chaos and dislocation of the spirit of our times from the lens of his `anthropological psychoanalysis'. He speaks the unspeakable and unmasks the politically uncomfortable, while remaining faithful to his personal sense of poetics, psychoanalysis, and fairness in human affairs.
Gohar Homayounpour, Tehranã
In this book, the prolific psychoanalyst, Salman Akhtar, leaves the comfort of clinical practice and turns his gaze to current global turmoil. By forging dialectal links between unconscious intrapsychic dynamics and sociocultural phenomena such as prejudice, the problems of minorities, and the complex origins of terrorism, he lays down the groundwork for a truly modern anthropological psychoanalysis. Akhtar's book needs to be known not only to all psychoanalysts but outside the psychoanalytic circles as well.
Hanni Mann-Shalvi, Tel Avivã
Akhtar makes a brilliant case for an anthropologically-informed psychoanalysis and a culturally relativistic approach to patients and to political praxis. He recognizes that we, and those we treat and oppose, do not exist in a cultural vacuum; rather we and they think and work in our respective cultures with manifold unconscious assumptions.ã His work is deeply informed on the national, regional, and cultural permutations of Muslims and Islam and he offers trenchant recommendations for constructively dealing with the terrorism of radical and radicalized youth.
Peter Loewenberg, Los Angeles
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