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Title: Psychoanalytic and Anthropological Perspectives on Childhood
Description: This course considers the complex interactions of nature and nurture, culture and individual psychology, and personal and group history from birth to early adulthood. It examines phases of human development described by contemporary psychoanalysis, anthropological investigations and ethnographic descriptions of childhood from around the world, and expressions of culture and individual psychology such as folktales and rituals. We consider questions such as: How do people become who they are, both similar to others and uniquely individual? How do we develop emotionally, as individuals and as members of cultural groups? How does culture, as an influence seemingly external to the individual, shape internal psychic experience, and how do internal psychic processes affect culture? What features of development, child rearing, and family structure and function are and are not universal for our species? What is and is not known about these questions? The instructors are psychoanalysts.
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Name: Lawrence Blum
Email: ldb@lawrenceblum.com
Online Course: No
Affiliation: University of Pennsylvania
Field: Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Intermediate
Student Type: Graduate,Undergraduate
Class Size: Up to 20
Geography: Africa,Asia,Europe,Latin America/Caribbean,Middle East,North America,Pacific Islands

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