Introduction

Why Revisit Intimacy?

in The Cambridge Journal of Anthropology
Author:
Sertaç Sehlikoglu University of Cambridge ss935@cam.ac.uk

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Aslı Zengin Brandeis University zenginas@brandeis.edu

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Intimacy is tightly bound up with notions of privacy, sexuality, proximity and secrecy, and with dynamics of sensual and affective attachments and forms of desire. It is therefore integral to the formation of human selves and subjectivities, as well as communities, publics, collectives and socialities. The articles in this Special Section all offer an anthropological inquiry into intimacy, seeking a conceptual formulation that might capture its actual operations, the ways intimacy is done in talk and action. They thus contribute ethnographically to ongoing anthropological debates about intimacy, and explore how multiple domains and forms of intimacies are defined, shaped, constructed and transformed across different social worlds.

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