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)|
|Publisher||:||University of California Press First edition March 14, 2007|
|Number of Pages||:||390 pages|
|File Size||:||577 KB|
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When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa (California Series in Public Anthropology) Reviews
Exactly as expected!
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.
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?
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.