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Dissident FriendshipsFeminism, Imperialism, and Transnational Solidarity$
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Elora Halim Chowdhury and Liz Philipose

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040412

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040412.001.0001

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Kinship Drives, Friendly Affect

Kinship Drives, Friendly Affect

Difference and Dissidence in the New Indian Border Cinema

(p.143) Chapter 6 Kinship Drives, Friendly Affect
Dissident Friendships

Esha Niyogi De

University of Illinois Press

This chapter addresses a conundrum born of an emphasis on individuality shared by theories of friendship as praxis. It examines whether friendship is useful as a metaphor for gendered solidarities across difference in cultures wherein ideas such as individuated and conditional love, challenge to patriarchal family customs, and sensitivity to difference come to be recognized as the norms for socioeconomic progress, or even as marketable tropes of (neo)human connectivity. The chapter delves into this concern through exploring one influential lens of neoliberal imagination. It looks at commercially released Indian “border” cinema centering on women who are proactive in forging friendly solidarities in the breach of familial boundaries (heteropatriarchal; ability-centered; national and racial; religion-, clan-, caste-based).

Keywords:   familial boundaries, individuality, singular agency, gendered solidarities, socioeconomic progress, (neo)human connectivity, neoliberal imagination, Indian border cinema, kinship

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