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Author Farmer, Paul, 1959-

Title Aids and accusation : Haiti and the geography of blame / Paul Farmer
Edition Updated with a new preface
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, 2006


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Description xxxii, 338 pages
Series Comparative studies of health systems and medical care ; no. 33
Comparative studies of health systems and medical care ; no. 33
Contents 1. Introduction -- 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 -- 7. Manno -- 8. Anita -- 9. Dieudonne -- 10. "A place ravaged by AIDS" -- 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" -- 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 -- 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
Summary 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 symbolic power also help to explain why residents of a small village in rural Haiti came to understand AIDS in the manner that they did. Drawing on several years of fieldwork, the evolution of a cultural model of AIDS is traced. In a small village in rural Haiti, it was possible to document first the lack of such a model, and then the elaboration over time of a widely shared representation of AIDS. The experience of three villagers who died of complications of AIDS is examined in detail, and the importance of their suffering to the evolution of a cultural model is demonstrated. Epidemiologic and ethnographic studies are prefaced by a geographically broad historical analysis, which suggests the outlines of relations between a powerful center (the United States) and a peripheral client state (Haiti). These relations constitute an important part of a political-economic network termed the "West Atlantic system." The epidemiology of HIV and AIDS in Haiti and elsewhere in the Caribbean is reviewed, and the relation between the degree of involvement in the West Atlantic system and the prevalence of HIV is suggested. It is further suggested that the history of HIV in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas is similar to that documented here for Haiti
Notes Previous ed.: 1992
Formerly CIP. Uk
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-331) and index
Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Haiti.
Medical anthropology -- Haiti.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- epidemiology.
Haiti -- Social conditions.
LC no. 2005046650
ISBN 0520248392 paperback alkaline paper
Other Titles Aids & accusation