Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology

By Andrew Samuels (UK)

Edited by: Emilija Kiehl, Mark Saban, and Andrew Samuels

samuelscoverart0616wAbout the Book: Jungian psychology has taken a noticeable political turn in the recent years, and analysts and academics whose work draws on Jung’s ideas have made internationally recognized contributions in many humanitarian, communal, and political contexts. Analysis and Activism: Social and Political Contributions of Jungian Psychology (Routledge, 2016) brings together a multidisciplinary and international selection of contributors, all of whom have track records as activists, to discuss some of the most compelling issues in contemporary politics.


Analysis and Activism is presented in six parts:

– Section OneInterventions, includes discussion of what working outside the consulting room means, as well as descriptions of work with displaced children in Colombia, projects for migrants in Italy, and an analyst’s engagement in the struggles of indigenous Australians.

– Section Two – Equalities and Inequalities, tackles topics ranging from the collapse of care systems in the UK to working with victims of torture.

– Section Three –  Politics and Modernity, looks at the struggles of native people in Guatemala and Canada and oral history interviews with members of the Chinese/Vietnamese diaspora.

– Section Four –  Culture and Identity, studies issues of race and class in Brazil, feminism and the gendered imagination, and the introduction of Obamacare in the USA.

– Section Five – Cultural Phantoms, examines the continuing trauma of the Cultural Revolution in China, Jung’s relationship with Jews and Judaism, and German-Jewish dynamics.

– Finally, Section Six –  Nature: Truth and Reconciliation, looks at our broken connection to nature, town and country planning, and relief work after the 2011 earthquake in Japan.

There remains throughout the book an acknowledgement that the project of thinking forward the political in Jungian psychology can be problematic, given Jung’s own questionable political history. What emerges is a radical and progressive Jungian approach to politics informed by the spirit of the times as well as by the spirit of the depths.

This cutting-edge collection will be essential reading for Jungian and post-Jungian academics and analysts, psychotherapists, counselors and psychologists, and academics and students of politics, sociology, psychosocial studies, and cultural studies.

About the Editors:

kiehlphoto0616wEmilija Kiehl is a Jungian analyst in private practice in London. She is Chair of the British Jungian Analytic Association (BJAA) and member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Analytical Psychology (IAAP). She teaches on the BJAA external courses and on the BJAA/Birkbeck, University of London MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development.


sabanphoto0616wMark Saban is a Jungian analyst working in Oxford and London. He also lectures on Jungian psychology at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters.





samuelsphoto0616wAndrew Samuels, DHL, works internationally as a political consultant with politicians, parties and activist groups. He was co-founder of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility in 1994 and chair of the UK Council for Psychotherapy 2009–2012, and is Professor of Analytical Psychology at Essex and Visiting Professor at New York, Roehampton, Macau and Goldsmiths, University of London. His books have been translated into 21 languages.
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