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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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(p.127) Conclusion
Embodied Protests

Maria Tapias

University of Illinois Press

This book has investigated how Bolivian market and working class women suffered from emotional distress wrought by the social and economic changes of the 1990s due to neoliberal reforms. Focusing on the stories of women in Punata, it has shown how neoliberalism and its moral dimensions transformed bodies into new sites of consumption, desire, and aspiration, which must contend with the social mores that piece together sociality. The findings of this book add to the scholarship on emotions, embodiment, and social suffering in the Andes by highlighting the ways in which intimate narratives of market and working-class women are intrinsically linked to broader national and transnational political economic relationships. This conclusion takes a look at multiple attitudes toward the government of Evo Morales, who promised to dismantle Bolivia's neoliberal agenda after winning the presidential election in December 2005. It also reflects on how emotions constitute a fruitful site from which to examine the effects of globalization and the role they play in reconfiguring social relations.

Keywords:   emotional distress, Punata, neoliberalism, sociality, emotions, embodiment, social suffering, Evo Morales, Bolivia, globalization

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