Intimacy and touch: closeness, separation and family life in Kulob, southern Tajikistan

Ibanez-Tirado, Diana (2017) Intimacy and touch: closeness, separation and family life in Kulob, southern Tajikistan. Ethnography. ISSN 1466-1381

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Abstract

This article examines the emotional, embodied and sensuous aspects of intimacy within and between two families from Kulob, southern Tajikistan as it is embedded in imminent or/and impending conflict. It focuses on touch and its importance to the fashioning of family life that is also informed by government policies and Muslim subjectivities. The ethnography highlights bodily sensations such as shaking chills, and visceral episodes such as vomiting, fainting, or sensuously-dreaming because they materialise the narrative, experience and performativity of the qualities of touch. The article advances the notion that touch pertains not only to both physical immediacy and intimate closeness, but also to processes of physical separation and estrangement between two or more intimates.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: intimacy, touch, senses, dreaming, emotion, kinship, Muslim family, Tajikistan
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Asia
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN357 Culture and cultural processes Including social change, structuralism, diffusion, etc.
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology > GN301 Ethnology. Social and cultural anthropology > GN378 Collected ethnographies
Depositing User: Diana Ibanez-Tirado
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2017 07:12
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 00:15
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/69428

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