9781583911068

The Father: Historical, Psychological and Cultural Perspectives

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  • ISBN13:

    9781583911068

  • ISBN10:

    1583911065

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-10-12
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Countless children throughout the world grow up without fathers. The Father studies the reasons for this and assesses the contribution of this phenomenon to social and psychological problems. Using images of the father from classical antiquity to the present day, Luigi Zoja views the origins and evolution of the father from a Jungian perspective. He argues that the father's role in bringing up children is a social construction that has been subject to change throughout history. The author examines the consequences of this and considers the crisis facing fatherhood today. This book fills an important gap as little Jungian literature exists on the subject of the father. Covering these issues from historical, sociological, and psychological points of view, The Father will be welcomed both by people from a wide variety of disciplines including practitioners and students of psychology, sociology, and anthropology, and by the educated general reader.

Author Biography

Luigi Zoja is a Jungian Analyst and is the President of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. From 1984-93, he was President of CIPA (Centro Italiano di Psicologia Analitica)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
ix
Acknowledgements x
Introduction 1(16)
PART 1 Prehistory 17(42)
The mammals: the animals' retreat from fatherhood
19(6)
The sexuality of the great apes
25(4)
The prehistoric horizon of the father
29(5)
The paternal revolution
34(12)
Lucy grows
46(13)
PART 2 Myth and the classical age 59(98)
Patriarchy and matriarchy
61(12)
The historic horizon of the father
73(5)
The mythic origins of the father
78(5)
Hector
83(15)
Ulysses
98(17)
The myth of the father as the sole progenitor
115(14)
Aeneas
129(28)
PART 3 Towards modern times and decadence 157(66)
From the Roman father, to the Son, to the French Revolution
159(17)
From the French Revolution to the Industrial Revolution
176(8)
The disenchantment of war
184(13)
The reversal of the public father
197(12)
The voyage of the Joads
209(14)
PART 4 The father today 223(66)
The rarefaction of the father
225(13)
The abdication of the father: in flight toward the past
238(7)
The abdication of the father: in flight toward the future
245(15)
The disappearance of elevation
260(12)
The breadwinner
272(8)
The search for the father
280(9)
PART 5 A final reflection 289(11)
A final reflection
291(9)
References 300(9)
Index 309

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