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When Bodies Remember - Experiences and Politics of Aids in South Africa (Paperback)

Didier Fassin

Series: California Series in Public Anthropology, No. 15

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"Didier Fassin makes a compelling case against behaviorist approaches that dominate AIDS research. Using a vivid mosaic of public controversies and ethnographic vignettes, Fassin works through the controversial denials of South African President Thabo Mbeki and the precautionary policies of his Health Ministers within histories of apartheid, epidemics which justified segregation, and secret biological warfare plans of Project Coast, as well as wider battles over the ethical protocols of AIDS testing and widening inequalities. Fassin writes with compassion and deep moral inquietude."--Michael M.J. Fischer, author of "Emergent Forms of Life and the Anthropological Voice"
""When Bodies Remember" is an extraordinary exercise in counterpoint between the disquieting politics and the subjective experience of AIDS in South Africa. Didier Fassin deftly leads his readers into the 'heart of darkness' that we may comprehend this monstrous tragedy, literally unspeakable for so many, as one that touches our shared humanity. He insists that recognition of inequality rather than difference, and of embodied history rather than culture, are the keys to overcoming indifference, inciting in its place moral outrage and action. This brilliant, sensitive ethnography should be read by everyone who cares about the kind of world we live in."--Margaret Lock, author of "Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death"
"A gracefully written and politically astute account of one of the world's greatest AIDS tragedies, the arrival of a full-blown AIDS epidemic in South Africa on the cusp of political victory and jubilation over the end of apartheid. The cultural and political logic of PresidentMbeki's refusal to accept the international public health model of the virus and his pursuit of an alternative explanation of the epidemic is given a fair and just hearing by France's leading critical medical anthropologist."--Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of "Death without Weeping"
"This is a remarkable book. As Fassin dissects the deadly powers of today, he also unrelentingly looks for human alternatives to turn the AIDS tragedy around. Multi-layered and deeply moving, "When Bodies Remember" sets new standards for anthropological theory in the 21st century. The book's interpretive care and hope will stay with you in times to come."--Joao Biehl, author of "Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment"


Imprint: University of California Press
Country of origin: United States
Series: California Series in Public Anthropology, No. 15
Release date: March 2007
First published: 2007
Authors: Didier Fassin
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 365
ISBN-13: 978-0-520-25027-7
Barcode: 9780520250277
Categories: Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology
Books > Social sciences > Sociology, social studies > Anthropology > General
LSN: 0-520-25027-3

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