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"Here Nobody Holds Your Heart": Metaphoric and Embodied Emotions of Birth and Displacement among Karen Women in Australia

Niner, Sara; Kokanovic, Renata; Cuthbert, Denise; CHO, Violet

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Our objective was to explore the ways in which displaced Karen mothers expressed emotions in narrative accounts of motherhood and displacement. We contextualized and analyzed interview data from an ethnographic study of birth and emotions among 15 displaced Karen mothers in Australia. We found that women shared a common symbolic language to describe emotions centered on the heart, which was also associated with heart "problems." This, along with hypertension, collapsing, or a feeling of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/53268
Source: Medical Anthropology Quarterly
DOI: 10.1111/maq.12070/full

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