Read When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (California Series in Public Anthropology) by Didier Fassin Online


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....

Title : When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (California Series in Public Anthropology)
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ISBN : 0520250273
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : University of California Press First edition March 14, 2007
Number of Pages : 390 pages
File Size : 897 KB
Status : Available For Download
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When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (California Series in Public Anthropology) Reviews

  • Stacie Hatfield
    2019-02-11 05:25

    Exactly as expected!

  • John Bergren
    2019-01-25 23:16

    After spending last year working as a doctor in a rural district hospital in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, I have found it difficult to describe depth of human tragedy taking place in this part of the world. Even more challenging is trying to explain why so little progress has been made with HIV/AIDS prevention in the face of so many sick and dying people--people in the prime of their lives with so many hopes as aspirations of a free South Africa.

  • Dr. Laleh Khalili
    2019-01-27 04:02

    The book is a careful ethnography and even if one disagrees with some of its content, it should at the very least be taken seriously. The previous reviewer should never have reviewed the book if she doesn't understand such simple everyday words as ebullient, polemic, orthodoxy, precocity, licentious, or contemporaneous. Other words have theoretical content (like diachronic), but for god's sake, what on earth are you doing at Berkeley if you don't even know what a "polemic" is, and shouldn't you be challenging your own ignorance, rather than berating a book that doesn't conform to your super-simplistic views of what authorship is?

  • Jessica Jacobs
    2019-01-31 02:11

    This book was a tad erudite for the average reader. A sampling of the words Fassin used that I looked up: diachronic, prophylaxy, contemporaneous, precocity, licentious, eponymous, tautology, leitmotiv, inculate, polemic, and phantasmatic. So while I wouldn't pick it up if I didn't have a dictionary (or wikipedia for those 'creative license' words) in hand, once you get past the tortuous sentences, Fassin's thesis proves pertinent.