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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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The Intergenerational Embodiment of Social Suffering

The Intergenerational Embodiment of Social Suffering

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Embodied Protests

Maria Tapias

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores how market and working-class women in Bolivia perceived children's health to be affected through mothers' faulty emotional responses to distress and through their bodies. Focusing on the experience of two working-class women in Punata, the chapter examines the intergenerational embodiment of emotional distress and the ways in which social suffering affects children through folk illnesses known as arrebato and debilidad. The discussion centers on the interrelationships among maternal emotions, breastfeeding, pregnancy, and infant susceptibility to illness. The cases are presented within the context of the global war on drugs and money-laundering activities that reveal the entanglement of the interrelational politics of emotional expression, gender relations, and the impact of the economic reforms and the coca/cocaine industry at a local level.

Keywords:   children's health, mothers, Punata, Bolivia, emotional distress, social suffering, arrebato, debilidad, maternal emotions, illness

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