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The Politics of Belonging in Contemporary India

Anxiety and Intimacy, 1st Edition

Edited by Kaustav Chakraborty

Routledge India

262 pages

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This volume looks at the emerging forms of intimacies in contemporary India. Drawing on rigorous academic research and pop culture phenomena, the volume:

  • Brings together themes of nationhood, motherhood, disability, masculinity, ethnicity, kinship, and sexuality, and attempts to understand them within a more complex web of issues related to space, social justice, marginality, and communication;

  • Focuses on the struggles for intimacy by the disabled, queer, Dalit, and other subalterns, as well as people with non-human intimacies, to propose an alternative theory of the politics of belonging;
  • Explores the role of social and new media in understanding and negotiating intimacies and anxieties.

Comprehensive and thought-provoking, this book will be useful to scholars and researchers of political studies, sociology, sexuality and gender studies, women’s studies, cultural studies, and minority studies.

Table of Contents

List of contributors


Introduction: the politics of belonging: anxiety and intimacy

Kaustav Chakraborty

Part I: Intimacy, Marginality and Anxiety

  1. Identification, Belonging and the Category of Dalit
  2. K. Satyanarayana

  3. Emotions in the Context of Caste Slavery: Exploring the Missionary Writings on
  4. Kerala

    P. Sanal Mohan

  5. Nature and Belonging: Distance, Development and Intimacy
  6. R. Umamaheshwari


    Part II: Rethinking Intimacy, Contemporariety vis-à-vis the Conventional Institutions

  7. Intimacy in Tamil Kinship
  8. Isabelle Clark-Decès

  9. Reading Queerness: Same-Sex Marriages in India
  10. Sayan Bhattacharya

  11. Homes as Conversions: Literalizing the metaphor of Ghar Wapsi
  12. Arunima Paul


    Part III: Dissident Body and Belonging

  13. Anti-caste Communitas and Outcaste Experience: Space, Body, Displacement and Writing
  14. Dickens Leonard

  15. Disability and Intimacy in the Making of Madurai Veeran
  16. Shilpaa Anand


    Part IV: Space, Vigilance and Getting Intimate

  17. The Modern-day Sex Worker: The Intimate ‘Other’ of Intimacy and Belonging
  18. Chandni Mehta

  19. Public Spaces and Private Intimacies: The ‘Politics of Belonging’ in Parks
  20. Pranta Pratik Patnaik

  21. Queer Intimacies in the Time of New Media: When Grindr Produces Alternative
  22. Cartographies

    Silpa Mukherjee


    Part V: Textual Belongings

  23. Intimacy, Belonging and Masculinity in Bhalachandra Nemade’s Novel Kosla (Cocoon)
  24. Mangesh Kulkarni

  25. Hesitant Intimacy: North-East Indian English Poetry vis-à-vis the Indian Nationhood
  26. Sarat Kumar Doley


    Part VI: Techno Intimacies

  27. Maternal Intimacies Online: How Indian Mom bloggers Reconfigure Self, Body, Family and Community
  28. Sucharita Sarkar

  29. Routing Techno-Intimacy, Risk, Anxiety and the Ambient Political

Geeta Patel


About the Editor

Kaustav Chakraborty is Assistant Professor at the Department of English, Southfield (formerly Loreto) College, Darjeeling. He was formerly a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study. Dr Chakraborty has edited Indian Drama in English, Tagore and Nationalism (co-edited with K.L. Tuteja), and is the author of Indigeneity, Tales and Alternatives: Revisiting Select Tribal Folktales. In addition, he has published articles in journals such as Feminist Theology, Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, and many other reputed journals. His research interests include indigenous literature and culture, queer theory, and cultural studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Minority Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Social Classes
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies