Emotions and Affect in a Rite of Passage: A Study of Marriage Songs, Rites and Rituals in Haryanavi Culture

Ojaswini Hooda (University of Delhi)

Marriage is considered as a huge marker of destiny for the girl child, especially in rural Haryana, for which she is prepared from a very young age. This ideological subject constitution often makes an emotional pitch, especially in the songs sung during wedding and its accompanying religious rites and rituals marking this crucial rite of passage of daughter into wifehood. This paper specifically explores songs sung on various occasions accompanying marriage, not to unearth the emotions in themselves, but to unearth the affective investments and the politics of emotions in a gendered subject constitution.

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