Archaeological theory Psychoanalysis Symbolic archaeology Social organisation Heritage
Ian Russell, Freud and Volkan: Psychoanalysis, Group Identities and Archaeology, Antiquity, 80, (307), 2006, p185 - 195
Antiquity 80 (307), 2006
Social groupings create material cultures and material objects reflect and maintain group identities. The author explores the role of psychoanalysis in examining and explaining the origins and the need for these identities and their material symbols in the mind. He then shows that modern archaeology itself needs psychoanalysing: as a purveyor of culture, it is in the business of creating or reinforcing modern identities.
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