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Embodied ProtestsEmotions and Women's Health in Bolivia$
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Maria Tapias

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039171

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039171.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Embodied Protests, Emotions, and Failing Socialities

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(p.1) Introduction
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Embodied Protests
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Maria Tapias

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039171.003.0001

This book examines how the intimate experiences of illness and distress are linked to what medical anthropologists refer to as “social suffering”—the broad array of social and structural conditions that underlie human anguish and misery. Drawing on the narratives of market- and working-class women from the small Bolivian town of Punata, the book argues that emotions and the embodiment of emotion are at the heart of various diseases and symptoms. It shows how the political and economic volatility that hit Bolivia during the 1990s and in the first years of the twenty-first century as a result of neoliberal reforms sparked protest on a much smaller scale as people complained and embodied the so-called violences of everyday life. It shows that much of the emotional distress voiced by the women of Punata was related to social conflicts, domestic violence, economic scarcity, and what is termed “failed sociality.” This introduction explains the book's research methodology and provides an overview of the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   disease, social suffering, women, Punata, emotions, Bolivia, neoliberal reforms, everyday violence, emotional distress, failed sociality

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