When Bodies Remember Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa

ISBN-10: 0520250273
ISBN-13: 9780520250277
Edition: 2007
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List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/14/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 390
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232

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.

Didier Fassinis the James D. Wolfensohn Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He is the author ofWhen Bodies Remember: Experiences of AIDS in South Africa(UC Press).

Amy Jacobs has translated a number of books, including An Anthropology for Contemporaneous Worlds by Marc Aug�.

Introduction: Political Anesthesia and Anthropological Concern
As If Nothing Ever Happened
The Controversy
A Life
Proposition 1: The Structures of Time
An Epidemic of Disputes
Beginnings
Heresy
Proposition 2: The Configuration of the Polemics
Anatomy of the Controversies
Ordeals
Arenas
Proposition 3: The Figures of Denial
The Imprint of the Past
Long Memory
Bared History
Proposition 4: The History of the Vanquished
The Embodiment of the World
Behind the Landscapes
Within the Narratives
Proposition 5: The Forms of Experience
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

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