Envisioning Radical Change in Post-Emotional Society with Reference to Dattani’s Seven Steps around the Fire
Hema. R

Dr. Hema. R, Assistant Professor, Department of Science and Humanities, Kumaraguru College of Technology, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 07 February 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 13 February 2019 | Manuscript Published on 19 February 2019 | PP: 449-452 | Volume-7 Issue-5S January 2019 | Retrieval Number: ES2182017519/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: Stjepan Gabriel Meštrovićs‟ Postemotional society considers that world has been progressively indifferent to the feelings of others as a result of emotional manipulation experienced from every culture, news, entertainment. The term „post‟ in postemotional society does not mean that emotions no longer exist in people but emotions have been numbed. The postemotional society values superficial emotions over the collective ability and intervene helping others. So, the competence to feel real deep emotions is endlessly simulated and the display of feeling is short lived, unrealistic, useless and becomes disconnected from a sense of justice and from a genuine concern for humanity. Meštrović argues that this problem can be fostered with the development of empathy and compassion within the individual. Transphobia is a tendency to feel hatred, fear and anxiety towards transgender community. The effects of transphobia blind the people to take concrete steps to accept them and intensify the prejudice and stereotypical conventions about them. The present article proposes to accentuate how hijras have endured emotional crisis in post emotional society and in transphobic society. Dattani‟s Seven Steps Around the Fire is taken as a resource to show hijras‟ self -identification process and change in phobic emotions as a means to seek solidarity and peace. This article also suggests that the society should develop a humane concern for the down-trodden and deserted and it is yet to fully ripen for non-judgemental life. Meštrović (1997) defines, “Post-emotionalism is a system designed to avoid emotional disorder; to prevent loose ends in emotional exchanges; to civilise „wild‟ arenas of emotional life; and, in general, to order the emotions so that the social world hums smoothly as a well-maintained machine” (p.150).
Keywords: Hijras, Transphobia, Postemotional Society, Solidarity, Harmony, Co-existence.
Scope of the Article: Bio-Science and Bio-Technology