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Embodied Protests: Emotions and Women's Health in Bolivia

Maria Tapias


This book examines how Bolivia's hesitant courtship with globalization manifested in the visceral and emotional diseases that afflicted many of its women. Drawing on case studies conducted among market- and working-class women in the provincial town of Punata, the book examines how headaches and debilidad, so-called normal bouts of infant diarrhea, and the malaise oppressing whole communities were symptomatic of profound social suffering. The book approaches the narratives of emotional distress caused by poverty, domestic violence, and the failure of social networks as constituting the knowled ... More

Keywords: disease, Bolivia, women, Punata, debilidad, social suffering, emotional distress, poverty, domestic violence, social networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039171
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039171.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Maria Tapias, author
Grinnell College