Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Haunting ImagesA Cultural Account of Selective Reproduction in Vietnam$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Tine M Gammeltoft

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520278424

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520278424.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.california.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of California Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use.date: 23 September 2019

Conclusion

Conclusion

Toward an Anthropology of Belonging

Chapter:
(p.225) Conclusion
Source:
Haunting Images
Author(s):

Tine M. Gammeltoft

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520278424.003.0010

This concluding chapter summarizes the key arguments made across the book, proposing that by framing reproductive decision making as a matter of belonging rather than freedom, new understandings of human lives, aspirations, and interconnections can be attained. The chapter sketches the systems of subjectivation within which people in Hanoi defined themselves as certain kinds of persons, and it examines the strivings for belonging that were expressed in day-to-day lives—strivings that intensified in situations of reproductive crisis. Finally, the chapter attends to the shadow side of belonging, which is repressed and excluded in both state discourses and everyday lives. Belonging is enacted, the chapter suggests, in the presence of ghosts; specters of social figures that have been lost or set aside continue to hover, haunting and troubling people. In short, this chapter considers belonging as state discourse, belonging as social practice, and belonging as loss, thereby suggesting three central analytical avenues along which an anthropology of belonging may proceed.

Keywords:   anthropology, belonging, subjectivation, state, kinship, loss, ghosts, haunting

California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.