New book explores Australian psyche

A new book has been released drawing comparisons between geography and psychology within Australian culture.

placing psycheLa Trobe University’s Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr David Tacey, was an editor and contributor of Placing the Psyche: Exploring cultural complexes in Australia.

The book is a collection of twelve essays by authors from the fields of Jungian psychoanalysis, anthropology, environmental science, cultural studies, creative writing, literature and film.

Including Dr Tacey, three contributors from La Trobe wrote chapters about their own ideas and experiences of Australian cultures and ‘places’ in the hope of revealing something about the ‘cultural psyche’ as it operates in Australia today.

La Trobe Social Sciences PhD candidate, Melinda Turner provides an analysis of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology to Indigenous Australians, by looking into the cultural divide between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

Dr Tacey explores the relationship between geography and psychology and how it relates to being an Australian. He draws on Jungian thought to explain why the Australian population is highly distributed in coastal regions and what that means for the Australian character.

Dr Terrie Waddell—senior lecturer in Media and Cinema Studies—delves into the image of Australian cultural and psychological landscape in film, literature and television. She examines the notion of the lost child, a recurrent theme in Australian literature, film and television.

‘Placing the Psyche’ is the first volume in a series of books which will explore the theory and cultural complexes in different parts of the world,’ says Dr Tacey.

‘It is important to take a good look at Australian culture in this way and stimulate discussions about the nature of psychological reality within and between groups and how these realities live in the psyches of groups and individuals.’

For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:

Meghan Lodwick

La Trobe University Communications Officer
T:  03 9479 5353 M:  0418 495 941 E: M.Lodwick@latrobe.edu.au