“Politics of emotion”: Everyday affective circulation of women’s resistance and grief in Kashmir

Kaur, Bhavneet (2021) “Politics of emotion”: Everyday affective circulation of women’s resistance and grief in Kashmir. Ethnography, 22 (4). pp. 515-533. ISSN 14661381

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This article traces women’s narratives of the political struggle in Kashmir through the realm of ordinary, scattered and everyday practices of resistance. It attempts to undo the narrative that overlooks the complexity of women’s lives in the face of ongoing violent political conflict; instead it argues that women in Kashmir escape easy categorization into victimhood. This paper is embedded in the idea that there is something spectacular in the everydayness of lives embedded in violence; that the everyday is ruptured and layered like the memory of its people. “In Kashmir, which is a historically and politically complex quagmire of violent protests, morbid silence and killable lives, it is through the barbed spaces of the everyday we see varied surging affects: of loss, of pain, of anger, of endurance, of fear and of silence” (Kaur). And in this article, I locate women as the protagonists of these circulating affects, inscribing new meanings to the ‘political’ through the politics of emotion.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social anthropology of violence | Kashmir everyday life | Memory studies | Affect theory | Women's narratives | Gendered violence | Conflict ethnography
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Gender Studies
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Anthropology
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Sociology
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2022 06:03
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2022 18:03
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1466138120907931
Additional Information: This paper was presented at the Centre for Studies in Gender and Sexuality at Ashoka University on 22nd November 2019 as a part of their ISHQ (Issues in Society, History, and Queerness) series.
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/565


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