Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Constitution of Culture: A Complexity and Psychoanalytic Theory Approach
by Paracuellos, Fabrice, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2015, 54; 1692136
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis uses a hermeneutic approach to examine what culture is from the perspectives of complexity theory, object relations theory, and self psychology. Nurturation, a framework that examines the constitution of culture, is highlighted in the findings. Nurturation proposes that culture is the field that people, as interdependent entities, cocreate by virtue of being interdependent. The manner in which this human field operates is primarily through the patterns of connectedness that are expressed. This field affects people’s individuation potential, and its constitution is found to perpetuate this potential, the more so at lower levels of development. Empirical validation is tentative. The epistemological approach of attachment theory is found to have potential in providing empirical support.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jacobson, Gioia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology, Political science
Keywords: Attachment, Culture
Publication Number: 1692136
ISBN: 978-1-321-69223-5
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