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Crafting Masculine SelvesCulture, War, and Psychodynamics in Afghanistan$
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Andrea Chiovenda

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190073558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190073558.001.0001

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(p.230) Conclusion
Crafting Masculine Selves

Andrea Chiovenda

Oxford University Press

The conclusion to the book pulls together the many conceptual threads that emerged from the ethnographic material presented in the previous chapters. It argues for a human “shared psychic reality” that can only be expressed and operationalized through the meanings given to it by the cultural world in which each individual is immersed and lives. Thus, while psychic mechanisms have to be “primed” by the individual’s cultural and social environment in order to function meaningfully, so also cultural material, in order to be understood, has to be approached by investigating the subjectivities and psychological dynamics of those who utilize it and produce it. This is particularly true in the realm of conflict, in all its connotations, which is a constant presence in the pages of the book. Indeed, power is here considered to be constitutive of all relations of interdependence between individuals, and not simply as something that someone has and others have not, whether when producing harmony or conflict.

Keywords:   psychic reality, psychological mechanisms, cultural environment, conflict, power, personal interdependence

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