Róheim, Géza

Róheim, Géza,

1891–1953, Hungarian anthropologist and psychoanalyst. He was educated at the universities of Leipzig, Berlin, and Budapest (Ph.D., 1914). From 1928 to 1931 he did fieldwork in central Australia, in Duau (Normanby Island), and in the SW United States. In 1939 he entered private psychoanalytic practice in New York City. Róheim was a creator of the first rank in the field of psychoanalytic study of society and culture and in the field of personality problems. His books include The Origin and Function of Culture (1943), Psychoanalysis and Anthropology (1950), and The Gates of the Dream (1952).


See study by P. A. Robinson (1969).

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Roheim, Geza

(1891–1953) anthropologist, psychoanalyst; born in Budapest, Hungary. Educated in his native city, he became the first occupant of the University of Budapest's chair in anthropology in 1919. His study of psychoanalysis informed his theories of myth, ritual, and dream life, and made him a pioneer in the convergence of this discipline with anthropology. He emigrated to the U.S.A. for political reasons in 1938. A prolific author, his final work, Magic and Schizophrenia, appeared posthumously.
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