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Immigration and Identity: Turmoil, Treatment, and Transformation (Hardback)
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Immigration and Identity: Turmoil, Treatment, and Transformation (Hardback)

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Hardback 220 Pages / Published: 01/11/1999
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Why do people migrate from one country to another? What is the difference between an immigrant and an exile? What determines the psychological outcome of immigration? Can one ever mourn the loss of one's country? What are the defensive functions of nostalgia? Are there specific guidelines for psychotherapy and psychoanalysis for immigrant patients? How can the therapist disentangle the patient's cultural rationalizations from underlying intrapsychic conflicts? In this unique book, psychoanalyst and poet Salman Akhtar provides answers to such questions. He notes that migration from one country to another has lasting effects on an individual's identity. Such identity change involves the dimensions of drives and affects, psychic space, temporality, and social affiliation. Dr. Akhtar addresses the immigrant's idealization and devaluation, closeness and distance, hope and nostalgia, transitional area of the mind, superego change, and linguistic transformation. With poignant clinical vignettes, he illustrates the implications of these ideas for the therapeutic process where the therapist, the patient, or both, are immigrants. Immigration and Identity, replete with poetry and personal letters from immigrant colleagues from many nations, conveys its message with irony, wit, laughter, pain, sadness, empathy, and, above all, clinical and human wisdom.

Publisher: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
ISBN: 9780765702326
Number of pages: 220
Weight: 517 g
Dimensions: 238 x 163 x 21 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Immigration is at the cutting edge of the globalization of our world and is a subject that demands the nuanced understanding and evocative communication Akhtar brings to the task. For clinicians as well as social science researchers, his work is bound to become a classic! -- Afaf Mahfouz Ph.D., chair, International Psychoanalytic Association-United Nations Committee
This wonderful book elucidates the intrapsychic and reality factors that prompt immigration and also the reactions to realities encountered by the immigrant. I highly recommend it for both mental health professionals and lay readers. -- Ruth F. Lax, Ph.D.
Akhtar's book is of enormous relevance in today's era of migration, displacement, exile, and alienation. With his usual clarity and poetic style, Akhtar elucidates the factors that impinge on the identity and adaptation of immigrants and their acceptance in the new community. His book touches all of us who have been displaced from one culture to another, and are comfortable everywhere but rooted nowhere. -- Helen Meyers, M.D.

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