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At Home in the World:
Sounds and Symmetries of Belonging

by John Hill

ISBN: 978-1-935528-00-5
288 pp.

This work offers a profound philosophical and psychological exploration of the multi-dimensional significance of home and the interwoven themes of homelessness and homesickness in contemporary global culture. Home as a particular dwelling place, as a cultural or national identity, as a safe temenos in therapy, and as a metaphor for the individuation process are analyzed expertly from multi-disciplinary perspectives and, more poignantly, through the sharing of diverse narratives that bear witness to lives lived and endured from memories of homes lost and regained.
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Praise for At Home in the World
"With much pleasure and enthusiasm, I warmly recommend this extraordinary book to the receptive reader. Written in a colorful, poetic style, John Hill sensitively explores the multi-faceted meanings and experiences of home, which he characterizes as a "womb of many stories" and rightly compares to a "many-storied house." His elaborations on this theme are psychologically nuanced, extensive, rich and perceptive—based upon his life-long involvement and interest in this topic and lectures he has given about it for over 20 years. Not exclusively focusing on the collective and popular idealization of home, he acknowledges and explores the dark shadows that home also evokes for many of us. A rich feast for the imagination awaits the reader interested in home and all its many associations."
MARIO JACOBY, PH.D., ISAPZURICH TRAINING ANALYST AND AUTHOR OF INDIVIDUATION & NARCISSISM AND THE ANALYTIC ENCOUNTER
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I - HOME: WOMB OF MANY STORIES
1. Introduction
2. My Own Home
PART II - HOME: BIRTHPLACE OF CULTURE
3. Preserving a Cultural Context
4. Transient Spaces: Between the Languages of Containment and Reflection
PART III - HOME: TEMENOS OF THE SOUL’S LINEAGE
5. Developmental Perspectives
6. Homecoming: A Metaphor in Therapy
7. Homes of Fate, Homes of Destiny: Individuation and the Transcendent Function
PART IV – HOME: AN ODYSSEY THROUGH MANY LANDS
8. Lost Homes, Lost Nations
9. Ireland: Contemplating a Nation from a Place of Exile
PART V – HOME: RESPONSIBILITY IN UNSETTLED TIMES
10. At Home in a Global Society?
11. Traversing Cultural Boundaries
12. A Many-Storied House
About the Author:
JOHN HILL, M.A., received his degrees in philosophy at the University of Dublin and the Catholic University of America. He trained at the C. G. Jung Institute Zürich, has practiced as a Jungian analyst since 1973, and is a training analyst at the International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAPZURICH).
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About the Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology
The Zurich Lecture Series in Analytical Psychology has been established by the International School of Analytical Psychology Zurich (ISAPZURICH) and Spring Journal Books to present annually new work by a distinguished scholar who has previously offered innovative contributions to the field of Analytical Psychology by either:
  • bringing analytical psychology into meaningful dialogue with other scientific, artistic, and academic disciplines;
  • showing how analytical psychology can lead to a better understanding of contemporary global concerns relating to the environment, politics, religion; or
  • expanding the concepts of analytical psychology as they are applied clinically
Each year, the selected lecturer delivers 4 lectures over a 2-day period in Zurich based on a previously unpublished book-length work. This book is then published by Spring Journal Books. Murray Stein and Nancy Cater are the Series Editors.