Accepted paper:

The Role of the British Psychoanalytic Society in the Establishment of Social Anthropology

Authors:

Aleksandar Boskovic (University of Belgrade)

Paper short abstract:

The presentation will offer some insights about the role that the emerging discipline of psychoanalysis had in the establishment of social anthropology. A particular attention will be paid to the role of the London (later British) Psychoanalytical Society.

Paper long abstract:

Anthropology and psychoanalysis were both established as scholarly disciplines in the late 19th and early 20th century, and they both developed an interest in understanding how human societies function. Furthermore, some of the founders of anthropology in the UK (like W. H. R. Rivers) were well aware of psychoanalysis, and developed some of their own theories in relation to it. The present paper will offer some insights about the role that the London (later British) Psychoanalytical Society played in the development of social anthropology, since it was founded (by Ernest Jones) on 30 October 1913.

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The role of learned societies and associations in the creation and building of European anthropology [History of Anthropology Network]