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AIDS and accusation : Haiti and the geography of blame

Author: Paul Farmer
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Series: Comparative studies of health systems and medical care.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Updated with a new prefaceView all editions and formats
In this dissertation, ethnographic, historical and epidemiologic data are brought to bear on the subject of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Haiti. The forces that have helped to determine rates and pattern of spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) are examined, as are social responses to AIDS in rural and urban Haiti, and in parts of North America. History and its calculus of economic and  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Farmer
ISBN: 0520248392 9780520248397
OCLC Number: 62738653
Awards: Winner, 1992 Wellcome Medal of the royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland.
Description: xxxii, 338 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Preface to the 2006 Edition --
Preface to the First Edition --
1. Introduction --
pt. 1. Misfortunes without number --
2. The water refugees --
3. The remembered valley --
4. The Alexis advantage : the retaking of Kay --
5. The struggle for health --
6. 1986 and after : narrative truth and political change --
pt. 2. AIDS comes to a Haitian village --
7. Manno --
8. Anita --
9. Dieudonné --
10. "A place ravaged by AIDS --
pt. 3. The exotic and the mundane : HIV in Haiti --
11. A chronology of the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Haiti --
12. HIV in Haiti : the dimensions of the problem --
13. Haiti and the "accepted risk factors" --
14. AIDS in the Caribbean : the "West Atlantic pandemic." pt. 4. AIDS, history, political economy --
15. Many masters : the European domination of Haiti --
16. The nineteenth century : one hundred years of solitude? --
17. The United States and the people with history --
pt. 5. AIDS and accusation --
18. AIDS and sorcery : accusation in the village --
19. AIDS and racism : accusation in the center --
20. AIDS and empire : accusation in the periphery --
21. Blame, cause, etiology, and accusation --
22. Conclusion : AIDS and an anthropology of suffering --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Series Title: Comparative studies of health systems and medical care.
Responsibility: Paul Farmer.
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