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Dajani, K.G. (2020). Cultural Determinants in Winnicott's Developmental Theories. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 17(1):6-21.

(2020). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 17(1):6-21

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Cultural Determinants in Winnicott's Developmental Theories

Karim G. Dajani

This article applies a cultural or collective perspective to Winnicott's developmental theories. Expanding on existing psychoanalytic literature and drawing from neighboring fields, specifically the work of the French sociologist and anthropologist Pierre Bourdieu, the notion of habitus is utilized to account for the constitutive impact of culture or a collective on individual development. Cultural systems play a fundamental role in the structuring of subjectivity and the coordination of inter-subjective linking. Collective systems of meaning-making (cultures) replicate themselves in the minds of individuals who are structured by them. Extending this idea to Winnicott's developmental theories will help illuminate the constitutive impact of Winnicott's cultures or collectives on his perception, thinking and theories. A case example illustrating the thesis of cultures' constitutive impact on an individual's basic experience of self and world is provided.

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