Cultural Psychology and Psychoanalysis

Pathways to Synthesis

Edited by:
Sergio Salvatore, University of Salento
Tania Zittoun, University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

A volume in the series: Advances in Cultural Psychology: Constructing Human Development. Editor(s): Jaan Valsiner, Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University.

Published 2011

This book explores how psychoanalysis can enrich and complement sociocultural psychology. It presents theoretical integrations of psychoanalytical notions in the sociocultural framework, analyzes the historical similarities, if not intricacies, of the two fields, and presents papers that have tried to apply an enriched theoretical framework in developmental and clinical empirical work. The first section presents editors' theoretical proposition for an integration of one particular stream of psychoanalysis within sociocultural psychology, which emphasizes both the dialogical and the semiotic nature of psychological dynamics. The second section pursues this theoretical dialogue through a historical perspective. The third section pursues the implications of this parallel reasoning. It invites researchers that propose further syntheses between some strands of psychoanalysis and approaches within social and cultural psychology. The contributions collected in this section show how sociocultural psychology and psychoanalysis can complement each other, when it comes to tracing the emergence of meaning in actual interactive settings.

Showing historical common roots, epistemological similarities, and theoretical complementarities, this book intends to suggests how the encounter and reciprocal contamination between cultural psychology and psychoanalysis could provide innovative theoretical and methodological syntheses. Through the various contributions three directions of development emerge as particularly promising for psychological science. Firstly, the semiotic conceptualization of affects, emerging from several of the contributors, appears to be a significant step ahead in the understanding of the dynamics of sense-making. A second promising direction of development concerns methodology. The reader will find several invitations to rethink the way of analyzing the phenomena of sense-making. Finally, the volume highlights how the connection between theory and practice in psychology is not a mere matter of application. Rather, the psychological intervention could be – needs to be – a theoretical object for cultural psychology, as it already is for psychoanalysis. At the same time, the intervention could be a fertile domain where a psychological practice endowed with reflexive capability generates new theoretical constructions.

CONTENTS
Preface by Series Editor. Uneasiness of Culture: The Discontent with Quantifying Civilization in Cultural Psychology, Jaan Valsiner. Editors’ Introduction. Cultural Psychology and Psychoanalysis: Pathways to Synthesis, Tania Zittoun and Sergio Salvatore. PART I: FOUNDATIONS. Outlines of a Psychoanalytically Informed Cultural Psychology, Sergio Salvatore and Tania Zittoun. PART II: HISTORICAL AND THEORETICAL DIALOGUES. Tatyana on the Couch: The Vicissitudes of Psychoanalysis in Russia, René Van der Veer. Freud and Cultural Psychology, Tania Zittoun. Affective Hypergeneralization: Learning from Psychoanalysis, Kenneth R. Cabell and Jaan Valsiner. PART III: OVERCOMING BARRIERS. A Cultural Approach to Clinical Psychology. Psychoanalysis and Analysis of the Demand, Renzo Carli and Fiammetta Giovagnoli. A Girl Like a will-o’-the Wisp. Listening to Reports of Cultural Experiences as a Methodological Mean of Accessing the Preconscious Dynamics of Sense Making, Tania Zittoun. The Development of Meaning in Social Interaction: Evidence From Empirical Research on Parent–Child Narrative Co-Construction, Nicolas Favez. Narration Between Logos and Pathos. The Role of Storytelling in Clinical Psychology, Maria Francesca Freda. Psychological Normality, Psychopathology and Evidence-Based Psychotherapy: Are We So Sure “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore”? Massimo Grasso and Pietro Stampa. About the Authors.