Priceless Enthusiasm: The Pursuit of Shauq in South Asia

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    The concept of shauq or shauk connotes a passionate interest, galvanising individuals across South Asia to devote time, energy and resources beyond their expected social roles and towards particular chosen activities. This essay explores explications of shauq encountered in the course of field research on men's pigeon flying in Pakistan and village women's singing in India, situating insights from the field amid available scholarly literature on shauq. Shauq can make fieldwork the arena for a spirited transmission of knowledge. We explore how people express the well-being emerging from shauq, the sociality of shared interest, and why shauq can be dangerous.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)711-725
    JournalSouth Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2019


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