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The Emotional Toll of Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Latino Political Rhetoric

September 29, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Emotional Toll of Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Latino Political Rhetoric

Political rhetoric can elicit strong emotions and influence stress levels, a sense of well-being, and even perceptions of health status. Demographic trends over the last 40 years have led fears about immigration and the “browning of America,” which frames much current political rhetoric. I examine the effect of this rhetoric on emotions, stress, health, and well-being for its targets, in this case, Americans of Mexican origin. Negative rhetoric can elicit emotions such as pain, sadness, hurt, and anger. It is about the construction of stigmatized individuals and groups, represented as “outsiders” and as “underserving.” Positive political rhetoric can have a salutatory psychological effect. It elicits “sighs of relief,” with participants feeling proud, happy, and as contributors, in short, affirming participants’ sense of self, family, and place in the larger society. –Leo Chavez

Leo Chavez, PhD, is a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on immigration, international migration, culture and visual images, and medical anthropology. His current research examines the effects of political rhetoric, especially anti-Latino and anti-immigrant rhetoric, on emotions and psychological well-being.

Details

Date:
September 29, 2022
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Event Category:
Website:
sarsf.info/lchavez

Venue

New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Santa Fe, NM
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Phone:
505-476-5200
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Organizer

School for Advanced Research
Phone:
5059547200
Email:
davidson@sarsf.org
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State
New Mexico
City
Santa Fe
Contact Email (for internal use only, and questions about your submission)
watson@sarsf.org

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