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Child psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Astrid Berg states in her
introduction that "South Africa is a microcosm." It is a modern
nation, yet many of its inhabitants follow ancient traditions. It
is a nation with a colonial past marked by periods of violence, yet
it has managed to make a largely peaceful transition to majority
rule. It is a nation with eleven official languages embracing a
great diversity of cultures and customs, and yet it is also a land
where public debate is vigorous, free, and ongoing. In short, South
Africa is a place where connections are being built and
maintained--both those among people with long kinship and common
culture, and those that reach across historical, racial, and class
divides. "The western world is undeniably more advanced in certain
areas of science and economic development," Berg states, "but in
other areas it seems to lag behind and could learn from" places
like South Africa.
In her work with children and infants, Berg has become
instrumental in building connections with and among her fellow
South Africans of all ethnicities. Based upon Berg's 2010 Fay
Lectures in Analytical Psychology at Texas A&M University,
"Connecting with South Africa: Cultural Communication and
Understanding" is both a self-reflective, subjective account and a
scientific discourse on human development and intercultural
communication. This volume will be warmly welcomed not only by
psychoanalysts and those interested in Jungian thought and practice
but also by anyone seeking more effective ways to learn from other
cultures. "Connecting with South Africa" provides sensitive
direction for those wishing to find healing and connection in a
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