This chapter analyzes the subjective and experiential qualities of compassion in care work, with particular focus on how volunteers and recipients describe the relationships they forge with one another as deeply intimate experiences of care and affection. By focusing on intersubjective experiences of accompaniment, friendship, and love that emerge through circulations of care, members of Russia’s religiously affiliated assistance community describe their interactions as forms of intimacy and shared humanity, rather than spiritual encounters. This approach presents a counterpoint to anthropological theories of compassion and empathy by illuminating the dynamic and generative nature of economies of affect. Acts and ethics of faith-driven compassion build communities of intimacy and sentiment between assistance providers and their recipients.
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