Cultural Pluralism and Psychoanalysis explores the creative dialogue that the major psychoanalysts since Freud have had with the modern Northern European/North American culture of individualism and tries to resolve major problems that occur when psychoanalysis, with its cultural legacy of individualism, is applied to those from various Asian cultures. Roland examines the theoretical issues involved in developing a multicultural psychoanalysis, and then looks at the interface between Asian-Americans and other Americans, discussing the frequent dissonances, miscommunications, and misunderstandings that result from each coming from vastly different cultural and psychological realms.
Alan Roland is a practicing psychoanalyst who has worked extensively with Indians and Japanese abroad and in New York City. He is on the faculty of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis. He is the author of In Search of Self in India and Japan: Toward a Cross-Cultural Psychology.