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“Ending up in Buenos Aires”: Affective Mobilities of Urban Toba Indigenous People (SWP 63)

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Author: Vivaldi, Ana
In this paper, I analyze the forms of mobility and the affective modulations that shaped the trajectories of indigenous people from the Chaco region to the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where they now live. Considering the macro-structural forces of political and economic process as insufficient to explain why, how and when indigenous people moved to the city, I focus on habits around movement and affective modulations that made indigenous people previously living in rural Chaco region to “end up” in the capital city of the country. These movements were unusual in their form, as the first arrivants had little connections and no hosting institution in the city. Through an analysis of the life histories and trajectories of indigenous people who are now living in and indigenous barrio (poor neighborhood) in Buenos Aires, this research traces the specific affective states that triggered travels to the city. I produce an “odd” typology of these affective mobilities that emerged as common forms of experience within larger context. My aim is to offer an alternative analysis of mobility, one that departs from preconceived understandings of migratory push and pull factors and engages with the lived experience of urban indigenous people who move in spite and across multiple socio-economic constraints.
Ana Vivaldi email: avivaldi(at)sfu.caHomepage:
ISSN 1922-5725
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Ana Vivaldi, “Ending up in Buenos Aires”: Affective Mobilities of Urban Toba Indigenous People, Simons Papers in Security and Development, No. 63/2018, School for International Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, February 2018.
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