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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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Adjacent Thinking

Adjacent Thinking

A Postscript

(p.372) Twenty Adjacent Thinking
Wording the World

Veena Das

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This chapter revolves around the key question - how does one aspire to a genuine form of life as an anthropologist? In seeking to address this question Veena Das says that it is a mode of knowing that privileges intimacy, simultaneously acknowledging one’s separateness from one’s respondents and a sense of being in the midst of their everyday world. This is spelled out in a series of conversations with the chapters in the book as Das discusses what it means for a younger generation of scholars to comment on her work, articulated as much in difference as in agreement, revealing unexpected dimensions to ideas that have stayed with her for much of her intellectual life. The chapter ends with a discussion of her engagement with advocacy research, first with the survivors of the Delhi riots and those of the industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984 and later in low income neighbourhoods in Delhi.

Keywords:   Form of life, Anthropological knowing, Conversation, Advocacy research

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