Freud and Volkan: Psychoanalysis, group identities and archaeology

Ian Russell
2006 Antiquity  
Social groupings create material cultures and material objects reflect and maintain group identities. The author explores the role of psychoanalysis in examining and explaining the origins and the need for these identities — and their material symbols — in the mind. He then shows that modern archaeology itself needs psychoanalysing: as a purveyor of culture, it is in the business of creating or reinforcing modern identities.
doi:10.1017/s0003598x00093352 fatcat:yomj7sqmhbc7janvjxtgqgsasm