Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Degendering Psyche: Considerations for a Movement to Queer Jungian and Archetypal Thought
by Kerns, Jennifer L., M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2014, 67; 1527630
Abstract (Summary)

The depth psychological traditions have yet to fully acknowledge and recognize queer theory’s fundamental premises in relationship to Jungian and archetypal thought. Utilizing hermeneutic and heuristic methodology, this thesis joins a depth-psychological approach with contemporary queer theory to investigate the possibilities and limitations for initiating a depth psychological posture toward psyche informed by American feminist and gender expert Judith Lorber’s tenets on social degendering. Queering Jungian and archetypal thought challenges and dismantles notions of a divided gender archetypal structure of masculine and feminine principles and corresponding assumptions about the essential male and female natures while inviting the field to imagine notions of archetypal gender deviance and multiple gender categories and principles. Clear evidence is presented indicating that degendering suggests archetypes and archetypal images as being performative in nature, rather than expressing a naturalized and objective psyche, which in turn makes for a queer-affirmative and culturally responsive therapeutic process.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Fontelieu, Sukey
Commitee: Fontelieu, Sukey
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Gender studies, LGBTQ studies
Keywords: Jungian thought, Queer archetypes, Queer-afirmative psychotherapy, Queering individuation
Publication Number: 1527630
ISBN: 978-1-303-83967-2
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