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HematologiesThe Political Life of Blood in India$
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Jacob Copeman and Dwaipayan Banerjee

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501745096

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501745096.001.0001

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Hematic Futures

Hematic Futures

(p.202) 7 Hematic Futures

Jacob Copeman

Dwaipayan Banerjee

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines in detail the differentiated nature of hematic possibility in India. It shows how this volume presents a number of ways in which blood might be considered a substance existing in the subjunctive mood, a substance with the propensity to image shared subjunctive “as if” or “could be” universes but also and equally of unfulfilled potentialities. To speak of blood's “as if” is to recognize how frequently the substance flows in bodies, tubes, and thoughts in states of hopeful uncertainty. Here the chapter revisits some of these flows, both smooth and disrupted. It also considers some supplementary ones in order to gain access to and convey the differentiated nature of hematic possibility in India.

Keywords:   hematic possibility, India, subjunctive mood, astral futures, prophylaxis

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