The collection includes drafts of writings and research materials, including transcriptions of the dreams and stories of Australian aborigines, and a vocabulary of the Normanby Islanders. He is credited as one of the first to apply psychoanalysis to the study of world cultures. He took an early interest in literature and history, later receiving formal training in geography and anthropology. In addition, he studied psychoanalytic theory under Sandor Ferenczi, one of the pioneers in the field. Also in Germany, he came under the influence of the theories of Sigmund Freud.
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The collection includes drafts of writings and research materials, including transcriptions of the dreams and stories of Australian aborigines, and a vocabulary of the Normanby Islanders.
He is credited as one of the first to apply psychoanalysis to the study of world cultures. He took an early interest in literature and history, later receiving formal training in geography and anthropology. In addition, he studied psychoanalytic theory under Sandor Ferenczi, one of the pioneers in the field. Also in Germany, he came under the influence of the theories of Sigmund Freud.
However, in , he embarked on a lengthy field expedition that would last until Financed by Marie Bonaparte Princess George of Greece , the field trip was originally designed to apply psychoanalytic theory to the aborigines of Central Australia.
He used many techniques that were not common in contemporary anthropology, including dream analysis and the analysis of children's play activities. He worked briefly, during , as a clinician at the Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts. He then moved to New York City, where he entered private practice and continued his writing.
In he lectured at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute. Although he took short field trips to study the Navaho Indians in the southwestern U. He was one of the first anthropologists to successfully apply Freudian theories to the analysis of cultures.
His "ontogenetic theory of culture" is considered a major contribution to his field. The childhood experiences of the individual, he thought, were ultimately reflected in adult personality and in the collective institutions of a given culture. Wilbur and Warner Muensterberger, eds. None of the materials are dated, but it is probable that the papers were created between and This estimate is based on the subject matter, type of paper, and general condition of the materials.
The "Stories" also relate to Australian subjects. The notebook includes a vocabulary of the Islanders and other linguistic information. Redacted copy of original typescript 67 leaves, incomplete; also, 6 leaves of typescript with annotations and corrections. Bound manuscript notebook - Includes vocabulary 65 p. Restrictions : Original research papers in box 2, folders 2 and 3 are restricted until to protect the privacy of observed subjects.
Redacted versions are available. Extent: 0. Scope and Content of Collection. Box 1 Folder 1. Chapter V? Request Box 1 Folder 1. Box 1 Folder 2. Immortal Gods - Mother Earth. Chapter VI? Request Box 1 Folder 2. Box 1 Folder 3. Typescript with ms.
Request Box 1 Folder 3. Box 1 Folder 4. Problem of Interpretation. Manuscript, 24 p. Request Box 1 Folder 4. Pindupi tribe. Carbon copy of typescript with ms. Request Box 1 Folder 5. Box 1 Folder 6. Typescript 15 leaves and two carbon copies 15 leaves each , undated.
Request Box 1 Folder 6. Request Box 1 Folder 7. Box 1 Folder 8. Request Box 1 Folder 8. Box 1 Folder 9. Request Box 1 Folder 9. Aranda or P. Request Box 1 Folder Box 1 Folder Stories Box 1 Folder Informant: Tukurpa and others Aranda tribe. Request Box 2. Box 2 Folder 1. Request Box 2 Folder 1. Navajo Box 2 Folder 2. Play analysis with children all belonging to [unidentified family], between and Restrictions Apply. Request Box 2 Folder 2.
Box 2 Folder 3. Redacted copy of original typescript 9 parts, 25 leaves. Request Box 2 Folder 3. Normanby Islands Box 2 Folder 4. Psychoanalytic Techniques [and] Field Anthropology, ca. Request Box 2 Folder 4. Request Box 2 Folder All rights reserved.
Géza Róheim Papers, approximately 1929-1953 (MSS 0046)
In fact, Sigmund Freud himself said that the researcher was one of the few who managed to broaden the scope of psychoanalysis and culture, beyond what he had proposed in his seminal work, Totem and Taboo. The same precision and intensity gave him his privileged place in the history of psychoanalysis. In it, he applied Freudian principles to concepts of cultural comprehension, something that many of his contemporaries thought was wrong. Nevertheless, over time, his approach has quieted the naysayers.
Géza Róheim Papers
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Géza Róheim and the Fusion of Psychoanalysis and Anthropology
While working on his Ph. By the early s he was publishing his pioneer writings in psychoanalytic anthropology and about this time became professor of anthropology at the University of Budapest. Another notable work is Australian Totemism Some of his results appeared in Animism, Magic, and the Divine King From he was a lecturer at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute and engaged in private psychoanalytic practice.