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Obligations And The Management Of Shame

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Genealogical connections play a role in forming relatedness, but their strength depends upon the types of obligations people share. Genealogies are one way to establish relationships, but they require continuous effort and the recognition of mutual indebtedness towards one another. The relations established through jeti ata and sanjyra, for example, are one way to impress upon others their duty to help, but individual circumstances and capabilities do not mean that they will recognize the need to help or be able to render any kind of assistance. 'Obligation' is the expectation and duty to render help, particularly between family members. For Nazira and her family, the network between the village and the town was a vital link for everyone involved. Bride abduction is becoming a more openly discussed problem. There are public debates and non-government organizations working to stop this from happening.

Keywords: bride abduction; genealogies; mutual indebtedness; Nazira; obligation



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