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Pan-African Psychologies

African Mythology, Femininity, and Maternity

Authors: Diop, Ismahan Soukeyna

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  • Considers how common archetypes in fairy tales and cultural mythology influence and reflect social roles
    Examines the aspects of the calabash as symbolic of the woman, the womb, and power
    Combines description of African fairy tales and those of other cultures to find common themes and messages

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This book explores feminine archetypes and mythological figures in African and European traditions with an underlying goal of describing the foundations of social status for women. The author provides a rich corpus of mythology and tales to illustrate aspects of female and mother-daughter relationships. Diop analyzes the symbolic aspects of maternity and femininity, describing the social meaning of the matrix, breasts, and breastfeeding. A retrospective of female characters in African literature brings an interesting approach to explore the figures of femininity and maternity in society.  After an extensive analysis of African mythology and tales, the author proposes a way to integrate them in the clinical psychotherapy as a projective material. The analysis of clinical cases offers an example of how this material can be used in therapy with women from African descent.

About the authors

Ismahan Soukeyna Diop, PhD, is a teacher-researcher at Cheikh Anta Diop University. She has worked and written on the topic of women, femininity, and maternity. Her research and practice are focused on the integration of tales in psychotherapy.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-24662-4
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Hardcover $89.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
African Mythology, Femininity, and Maternity
Authors
Series Title
Pan-African Psychologies
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24662-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24662-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24661-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-24664-8
Series ISSN
2523-8264
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 162
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