“Facing life together”: Everyday friendship and well-being among Dubai’s Indian diaspora
Source of Publication
Everyday Youth Cultures in the Gulf Peninsula
In this chapter, I focus on the cultural terms through which a group of young Indian middle-class friends experienced well-being and sought to give their lives a sense of quality in the context of migration to the Arab Gulf. I draw on an understanding of migration as an undetermined process, driven by a variety of motivations, in which new forms of sociality, subjectivities, and belonging may emerge, and that these may, in turn, transform people’s migratory experiences and trajectories. The ethnographic evidence I present below speaks of the emergence of an Indian youth culture centred on the nurturing of particularly intense forms of friendship. In turn, I examine how these friendship bonds support and facilitate the development of alternative experiences of self-realisation, and forms identity and belonging, which reshaped my respondents’ sense of well-being. In particular, I examine how my interlocutors narrate a shift from a notion of well-being based on hard work, frugality, and the achievement of long-term objectives, to a notion of well-being based on developing a group history and the enjoyment of intimate friendships in the present.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Young, Indian diaspora, Dubai, friendship, well-being, belonging
Sancho, David, "“Facing life together”: Everyday friendship and well-being among Dubai’s Indian diaspora" (2020). All Works. 4447.
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