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(p. 263) Playing and Culture
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(p. 263) Playing and Culture
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Donald W. Winnicott

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10.1093/med:psych/9780190271404.003.0047
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date: 23 October 2019

In this paper, Winnicott addresses the fact that in psychoanalysis no place has been given to understanding how human beings have evolved and created numerous cultural artefacts alongside all else in their existence. From his studies of the place between the infant and mother in the early stages of life, elaborated in his conceptualisation and understanding of transitional objects and phenomena, he proposes that culture gradually evolves from the paradox of the infant’s illusion of his own creativity. This process is enabled by the willing engagement of the mother in sustaining the illusion of her infant’s capacity for creativity and play.

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