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Remember September: Intersectionality, transversal politics and the politics of emotion among members of the chilean diaspora
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies. Centrum för genusstudier.
2007 (English)In: Annual meetin of The Network for Transnationalism and Diaspora Studies: Department of Ethnic Studies, Linköping University, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article aims to discuss two things about Spanish Chileans. The first is to understand the role that emotions, feelings and sentiments play to become participant in different activities that members prepare in order to generate a sense of Diaspora. The second one is to discuss whether these Diaspora activities indicate the formulation of an ethnic identity indicates a mainstreaming to hegemonic gender and class formations within the frame of a gendered capitalist global order. In order to deal with these aims the paper explores some central topics that the interviewed told about emotions when communicators facilitate a public space for the members of the diaspora. They explained the different emotions attached to September and the events that take place during this month. In order to organize these events, as well as for advancing other ways of becoming organized they related to different types of networks raised on friendship, trustiness and other means of confidentiality. On a further way they were also talking about how these emotions can work to make distinctions on class and gender when they try to relate to chilenity. Facing these distinctions is something that also relates to striving after a commonality towards both Chileans and other social groups to face discrimination and racism. Building this commonality demanded some kind of transversal politics and politics of affect to ground successful structures within the Chilean diaspora. The paper concludes with a discussion on how emotions may be crucial for how performing differents events contribute both to a mainstreaming into reproducing hegemonic gender and class formations in Chile or Spain and the construction of transdiasporal alliances against racism and beyond.

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"Gender", "class", "diaspora", "commonality", "Intersectionality", "transversal politics", "politics of emotions", "politcs of affect"
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11140OAI: diva2:177659
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10Bibliographically approved

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