CONCERN FOR BELONGINGNESS: VISUAL IMPAIRMENT AND THE ANXIETY OF INTIMACY
We are living in an age when we have outlived the golden era when we knew that our self is a mass of solid gold intrinsically coherent, consistent and unified and struggled to place it as “thing-in-itself” or “thing-for-itself”, and discovered our self/identity as made of elements
melting, shaping, in flux and even enameled-moulding into and exhibiting itself in multitudinous pieces of ornaments. My problem for the time being is to re-examine my consciousness/knowledge of this kaleidoscopic critical confusion in terms of “intimacy” and
“belonging” confronting, coalescing and conflicting with each other. The concepts of both “intimacy” and “belonging” revolve round the question of identity/subject-position, which, in the context of my present paper, follows the formative principle of physical-mental
“ability” forming categories of disable and non-disable/able-bodied. My focus will concentrate upon the related experience/identity/ consciousness of persons with visual impairment compounded by multifarious multi-dimensional elements racing with/against
each other creating a productive chaotic space -- constructing and reconstructing itself.