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The book Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post- Apartheid South Africa, Claire Laurier Decoteau is published by University of. Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Biopolitics of HIV/AIDS in Post- apartheid South Africa. By Claire Laurier Decoteau. Chicago: Univer- sity of Chicago Press, .
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Chapter one describes the ethnographic setting for the book and introduces the reader to the challenges of living in townships and squatter camps and dealing with the effects that HIV and AIDS can have on a person, family and community. One quote captures the essence of this chapter.
The chapter outlines how his infusion of AIDS denialism promoted indigenous healing as an alternative to biomedical approaches, going as far as delaying the rollout of antiretroviral therapy and life-saving medication to thousands of people. The author makes the case that his neoliberal economic policies required the state to cut social services, in essence, undermining ARV rollout.
We also are shown ethnographic evidence that national discourses of self-responsibility became particularly prevalent during his tenure as well as a national environment that supported the individualization of blame for the spread of HIV. Chapter three describes the efforts of the Treatment Action Campaign TAC , a community-based advocacy group that took on the international pharmaceutical industry and ultimately brought free ARVs to South Africa.
It also reinforces how structural obstacles often impede impoverished South Africans to participate in biomedical technologies. Because he has been described as symbolizing many traditional aspects of an African Man, this identity is used to highlight several key issues.
The author argues that during this time period, deindustrialization and AIDS challenged idealized and traditional notions of masculinity and increased informalized sex. This chapter illustrates how shifts in the political economy impacted gender ideologies and sexual practices in post-apartheid South Africa.
Chapter five analyzes the relationship between indigenous and biomedical healing in South Africa. We are provided an in depth analysis of indigenous forms of healing and how they have waxed and waned during the national discourse of AIDS over time.
ISBN 1 4. Latvia The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Recent searches Clear All. Would you also like to submit a review for this item? Please re-enter recipient e-mail address es. The homes built by the state are referred to as "RDP houses," named for the Reconstruction and Development Programme the plan adopted in to deliver services through government subsidies. Claire Decoteau Ph.
She argues that her research shows how an individualized, commodified approach to treating people, without regard for safety, sanitation and sustainability, might do more harm than good. Having lived in South Africa between until , this book was a trip down memory lane.
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