Belonging: Comprehending Subjectivity in Vietnam and Beyond
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In this article I explore how a ‘belonging’ perspective can contribute to anthropological reflections on subjectivity and agency. On the basis of two ethnographic cases from Vietnam, I show how people tend to find their bearings in existentially difficult situations by placing themselves within concrete communities of others. Distinguishing between intersubjective, territorial, and political forms of belonging, I discuss anthropological approaches to belonging practices, highlighting the shared analytical assumptions that have underpinned anthropological use of the concept. By placing mutuality and responsiveness at the center of attention, I show that a belonging perspective can help us to think more carefully about the complex ways in which freedom and constraint intertwine in human lives.
|Journal||Social Analysis: The International Journal of Anthropology|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- Faculty of Social Sciences - belonging, freedom, moral obligation, mutuality, possession, subjectivity, Vietnam