Freud Along the Ganges: Psychoanalytic Reflections on the People and Culture of India (Paperback)

Psychoanalytic Reflections on the People and Culture of India

By Salman Akhtar (Editor)

Other Press (NY), 9781590510902, 451pp.

Publication Date: December 17, 2005



This book presents a collection of new and previously-published essays that sheds light on the intersections between psychoanalysis and Indic Studies. While Indian academics and clinicians have been familiar with psychoanalysis for many decades, they have kept this Western model of the mind separate from the spiritual and philosophical traditions of their own country. Freud Along the Ganges bridges this important lacuna in psychoanalytic and Indic studies, by creating a new theoretical field where human motives are approached not only psychoanalytically, but also from the perspective of the teachings of Buddha, Tagore, Gandhi, and Salman Rushdie. The authors of this collection show how the insights of these Indian masters give a new force to the Freudian discovery, by providing a basis to better understand the social and psychological Indian makeup.

About the Author

Dr. Salman Akhtar

Dr. Salman Akhtar is the author of numerous books, including "New Clinical Realms: Pushing the Envelope of Theory and Technique" and "The Three Faces of Mourning: Melancholia, Manic Defense, and Moving On." He is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.