Witches, Westerners, and HIV AIDS and Cultures of Blame in Africa

ISBN-10: 1598740342
ISBN-13: 9781598740349
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 258
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is mysterious in origin, diabolically efficient in its transmission, and devastating in its consequences. Cultural discourses attempting to explain where it comes from, who gets it, and who dies have proliferated in local and national cultures around the world, and these discourses frequently come into conflict with scientific explanations. Witches, Westerners, and HIV is the first in-depth study investigating and comparing beliefs about witchcraft and conspiracies surrounding HIV/AIDS in Africa. Alexander R?dlach, an anthropologist who spent nearly 10 years living, working, and conducting research in Zimbabwe, examines these beliefs, their effects, and how individuals utilize them. He shows how sorcery, typically associated with ?traditional culture?, and conspiracy, usually analyzed in terms of national politics and international inequality, are in fact closely linked. Finally, he analyzes the importance of these beliefs for HIV/AIDS.

Alexander R�dlach, an ordained priest, worked in Plumtree and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 1991 to 1998 before receiving his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida. He is the author of several articles and chapters on HIV/AIDS and African politics, and currently works at the Anthropos Institute, St. Augustine, Germany, and in the editorial department of Anthropos.

the Cultural Life of HIV/AIDS
Investigating Sorcery and Conspiracy
HIV/AIDS as Personal Experience
HIV/AIDS and Sorcery
the Sorcery Paradigm
A Sorcerer's Servant-Being
Infidelity and Sorcery
HIV/AIDS and Conspiracy
Conspiracy Paradigms
Conspiracy Theories Involving Health Care Providers
Conspiracy Theories Involving Westerners
the Implications of Culture
Blame in Comparative Perspective
Conclusions for Theory and Application
References

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