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Author Fassin, Didier
Title When Bodies Remember : Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa
Imprint Berkerley : University of California Press, 2007
©2007
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (390 pages)
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Series California Series in Public Anthropology Ser. ; v.15
California Series in Public Anthropology Ser
Note Intro -- Contents -- Introduction: Political Anesthesia and Anthropological Concern -- 1 As If Nothing Ever Happened -- The Controversy -- A Life -- Proposition 1:The Structures of Time -- 2 An Epidemic of Disputes -- Beginnings -- Heresy -- Proposition 2:The Con.guration of the Polemics -- 3 Anatomy of the Controversies -- Ordeals -- Arenas -- Proposition 3:The Figures of Denial -- 4 The Imprint of the Past -- Long Memory -- Bared History -- Proposition 4:The History of the Vanquished -- 5 The Embodiment of the World -- Behind the Landscapes -- Within the Narratives -- Proposition 5:The Forms of Experience -- 6 Living with Death -- Dying -- Born Again -- Proposition 6: Politics of Life -- Conclusion: This World We Live In -- Notes -- Brief Chronology of South African History -- Maps -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- J -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T -- U -- V -- W -- Z
In this book, France's leading medical anthropologist takes on one of the most tragic stories of the global AIDS crisis--the failure of the ANC government to stem the tide of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. Didier Fassin traces the deep roots of the AIDS crisis to apartheid and, before that, to the colonial period. One person in ten is infected with HIV in South Africa, and President Thabo Mbeki has initiated a global controversy by funding questionable medical research, casting doubt on the benefits of preventing mother-to-child transmission, and embracing dissidents who challenge the viral theory of AIDS. Fassin contextualizes Mbeki's position by sensitively exploring issues of race and genocide that surround this controversy. Basing his discussion on vivid ethnographical data collected in the townships of Johannesburg, he passionately demonstrates that the unprecedented epidemiological crisis in South Africa is a demographic catastrophe as well as a human tragedy, one that cannot be understood without reference to the social history of the country, in particular to institutionalized racial inequality as the fundamental principle of government during the past century
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Fassin, Didier When Bodies Remember : Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa Berkerley : University of California Press,c2007 9780520250277
Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- South Africa.;AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects -- South Africa.;AIDS (Disease) -- Government policy -- South Africa
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