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The Inner WorldA Psychoanalytical Study of Childhood and Society in India$
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Sudhir Kakar

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198077152

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.001.0001

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Families and Children

Families and Children

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(p.136) Chapter IV Families and Children
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The Inner World
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Sudhir Kakar

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077152.003.0019

This chapter tries to identify the central psychological themes in Indian infancy and childhood and to interpret the long shadow they cast on the horizons of individual and cultural consciousness. It considers the psycho-social outcomes of the traditional form of family organization in India: the extended family. The extended family is, in one sense, a large group, its members engaged in the manifold activities necessary to maintain the group as a cohesive, co-operative unit, to enable its survival and promote the collective welfare of its members and to protect it from the incursions of the outside world. The period of childhood, the next step in the evolution of Indian identity, can only be interpreted in the context of the family relationships within which it occurs.

Keywords:   Indian childhood, Indian infancy, cultural consciousness, Indian identity, extended family, family organization

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