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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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On Feelings and Finiteness in Everyday Life

On Feelings and Finiteness in Everyday Life

(p.191) Eleven On Feelings and Finiteness in Everyday Life
Wording the World

Clara Han

Fordham University Press

In her evocative essay “The Life of Humans and the Life of Roaming Spirits”, Veena Das invites us to consider the problem of finite responsibility. Might attachment to life implicate not only connection to others but also suffering detachment? In this chapter, the author engages the textures of how one is called to the experience of finiteness amidst multiple simultaneous claims on the self and amidst memories that pull the self away from those claims. Specifically, she attends to how the experience of suffering separateness manifests in kinship relationships in a low-income neighborhood in Santiago, Chile where she has worked for over a decade. She asks how a new “we” of kinship relationships momentarily comes into being through the discovery of limits.

Keywords:   Finite responsibility, Claims on the self, Separateness, Attachment to life

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