BEYOND ANXIETY: INTIMACY AND BELONGING

  • Kaustav Chakraborty, Author Indian Institute of Advanced Study

Abstract

Intimacy, though often has been exclusively implied as sexual affinity, can be used aptly to refer to the affective bond manifested through a friendly correspondence between the intimate-others, like the backward class across the religions, the fair-skinned indigeneity with those of the dark skins, sissy with the macho, paving way for an intimate friendship between the women, queer, Dalits, differentlyables, religious minorities, environmentalists, all the contested citizens, even without excluding the one from the mainstream who would represent the non-disempowered-ally. An endeavour for a social (sharing intimate moments of companionship), emotional (communicating with one another in crisis) and intellectual (thinking mutually) intimacy might pave way for a recreational intimacy of collaborating each other in areas of mutual interest/ concern: “This advance will (at first much against the will of the outstripped men) change the love-experience, which is now full of error, will alter it from the ground up, reshape it into a relation that is meant to be of one human being to another, no longer of man to woman. And this more human love (that will fulfill itself, infinitely considerate and gentle, and kind and clear in binding and releasing) will resemble that which we are preparing with struggle and toll, the love that consists in this, that two solitudes protect and border and salute each other.”

Published
2018-03-21
How to Cite
CHAKRABORTY, Kaustav. BEYOND ANXIETY: INTIMACY AND BELONGING. Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 2, p. 135-147, mar. 2018. ISSN 0972-1401. Available at: <http://iias.ac.in/ojs/index.php/shss/article/view/105>. Date accessed: 13 dec. 2018.