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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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Communitas and Recovered Life

Communitas and Recovered Life

Suffering and Recovery in the Sikh Carnage of 1984

(p.154) Nine Communitas and Recovered Life
Wording the World

Yasmeen Arif

Fordham University Press

This chapter engages with Veena Das’ work on the Sikh carnage of 1984. The ethnography is based on a brief encounter, during 2004, with the Sikh community and their continuing experiences, especially those directly involved in the carnage, two decades after the events of 1984. The reading of this ethnographic revisitation is done through a notion of community and its place in the experiences of the survivors. The notion itself seems to trigger an exploratory trajectory that goes beyond the confines of that event to interrogate the anthropological implications of community and its relationship to suffering as well as to survival and the afterlife of recovery.

Keywords:   Sikh carnage of 1984, Community, Experience of survivors, Afterlife of recovery, Event

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