In these essays renowned psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar uses diverse sources, including case studies, Indian myths and legends, and fiction, to analyse various facets of Indian identity. He explores the Indian psyche through a cultural and psychoanalytical investigation of ideas concerning identity and sexuality.
The second edition updates the role of culture in psychoanalytic thought, and includes discussions on culture and psychoanalysis, rumours and riots, and the psychology of Islamist terrorism. Culture and Psyche will appeal equally to scholars of social psychology, cultural studies, anthropology, and sociology, as well as general readers interested in the psychology of Indian imagination.
Scholars of social psychology, cultural studies, sociology, and general readers interested in psychology
'[Kakar's] books have laid bare the Indian psyche, and shown how Indian culture, society and family structure condition our behaviour as adults … elegant prose, displaying a narrative that grips the lay reader.' —Indian Express
'… a serious study of India's family values. Kakar is very good at holding the reader's attention sans any gimmick.' —Sunday Observer
Sudhir Kakar psychoanalyst, novelist, and well-known scholar in the fields of cultural psychology and the psychology of religion. He has taught at several universities in India and abroad, and is currently Adjunct Professor of Leadership at INSEAD, France. Kakar's sixteen books of non-fiction and four books of fiction have been widely translated.