“This is not who we are”: Freedom as Moral Affect and the Whiteness of Mutuality

Lilly Nguyen

Abstract


This paper introduces the idea of freedom as a moral affect to demonstrate the contrasting ways in which different kinds of people expressed, understood, and experienced freedom. Through an ethnographic account of a design workshop in Vietnam, this paper reveals how freedom as moral affect serves as a cultural fault line that organizes conflicting desires for social relations. Moreover, this paper critically assesses the whiteness of mutuality as the ultimate expression of freedom.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.28968/cftt.v4i1.238

DOI (PDF): https://doi.org/10.28968/cftt.v4i1.238.g299

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