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The Racial Complex: A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race

The Racial Complex:  A Jungian Perspective on Culture and Race, by Dr. Fanny Brewster has won an internal Routledge Publisher award for best monograph published in 2019 in the Behavioural Science and Education division. This award honors the best titles published each year, and winners are chosen by a panel of judges from different parts of  the Routledge publishing company.

Original and insightful, this book provides a close reading of Jung’s complexes theory with an Africanist perspective on raciality and white/black racial relationships. Brewster explores how racial complexes influence personality development, cultural behavior and social and political status, and how they impact contemporary American racial relations. She also investigates aspects of the racial complex including archetypal shadow as core, constellations and their expression, and cultural trauma in the African diaspora. The book concludes with a discussion of racial complexes as a continuous psychological state and how to move towards personal, cultural and collective healing. Analyzing Jung’s work with a renewed lens, and providing fresh comparisons to other literature and films, including Get Out, Brewster extends Jung’s work to become more inclusive of culture and ethnicity, addressing issues which have been left previously unexamined in psychoanalytic thought.

Dr. Brewster is a Core Faculty member in the Depth Psychology Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices. Prior to beginning in this capacity she served as a faculty member in the Clinical Program and as an adjunct faculty working within the Depth, Archetypal and Jungian Psychology (DJA), and Depth Psychotherapy Departments (DPT), while maintaining a New York City private practice

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