restricted access 20. Adjacent Thinking: A Postscript

This chapter revolves around the key question - how does one aspire to a genuine form of life as an anthropologist? In seeking to address this question Veena Das says that it is a mode of knowing that privileges intimacy, simultaneously acknowledging one’s separateness from one’s respondents and a sense of being in the midst of their everyday world. This is spelled out in a series of conversations with the chapters in the book as Das discusses what it means for a younger generation of scholars to comment on her work, articulated as much in difference as in agreement, revealing unexpected dimensions to ideas that have stayed with her for much of her intellectual life. The chapter ends with a discussion of her engagement with advocacy research, first with the survivors of the Delhi riots and those of the industrial disaster in Bhopal in 1984 and later in low income neighbourhoods in Delhi.