Totem and Taboo

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Hardback | 248 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 13mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 17 September 1990
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393001431
  • ISBN 13: 9780393001433
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: Ill.
  • Sales rank: 227,811

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Adducing evidence from "primitive" tribes, neurotic women, child patients traversing the oedipal phase, and speculations by Charles Darwin, James G. Frazer, and other modern scholars, Freud attempts to trap the moment that civilized life began. It stands as his most imaginative venture into the psychoanalysis of culture.

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Totem and Taboo (1913), first published as a series of four articles between 1912 and 1913, is among Freud's most dazzling speculative texts. Adducing evidence from 'primitive' tribes, neurotic women, child patients traversing the Oedipal phase, and speculations by Charles Darwin, James G. Frazer, and other modern scholars, Freud attempts to trap the moment that civilized life began. It stands as his most imaginative venture into the psychoanalysis of culture.