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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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Moving Sentiments

Moving Sentiments

Emotions and Migration

(p.105) 5 Moving Sentiments
Embodied Protests

Maria Tapias

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how emotions are influenced by migration by drawing on particular communication strategies deployed in the context of the migratory process: practices of silence, secrecy, and obfuscation. It asks what happens when emotions “travel,” what new ways of feeling and modalities of interacting with others emerge in the process of international migration, and whether affect is reconfigured by migration. To address these issues, the chapter explores changing conceptualization of emotions and practices of secrecy as Bolivians migrate to Spain in search of better economic opportunities. It first considers how emotions are constructed in Bolivia and reconstructed in Spain, as well as the ways in which envy, its relationship to sorcery, and fears of physical or economic harm “travel” across borders. It also explains how envy was reconfigured and how it affected interactions between Bolivians in Spain before concluding with a discussion of what migrants and family members intimately tell one another—and, more important, what they hide—and how it reflects the extent to which “traditional” health beliefs about illness and affect remain vibrant.

Keywords:   emotions, international migration, silence, secrecy, affect, Bolivia, Spain, envy, sorcery, illness

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