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Author Cheney, Kristen E.

Title Crying for our elders : African orphanhood in the age of HIV and AIDS / Kristen Cheney
Published Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, [2017]
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Contents Generations of HIV/AIDS, orphanhood, and intervention. A generation of HIV/AIDS in Uganda -- Orphanhood and the conundrum of humanitarian intervention -- Beyond checking the "voice" box: children's rights and participation in development and research. Children's rights: participation, protectionism, and citizenship -- Getting children's perspectives: a child- and youth-centered participatory approach -- Orphanhood in the age of HIV and AIDS. Orphanhood, poverty, and the post-ARV generation -- Suffering, silence, and status: the lived experience of orphanhood -- Blood binds: the transformation of kinship and the politics of adoption. Orphanhood and the transformation of kinship, fosterage, and children's circulation strategies -- Orphanhood and the politics of adoption in Uganda -- Conclusion. HIV/AIDS policy, "orphan addiction," and the next generation
Summary The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has defined the childhoods of an entire generation. Over the past twenty years, international NGOs and charities have devoted immense attention to the millions of African children orphaned by the disease. But in this work, anthropologist Kristen E. Cheney argues that these humanitarian groups have misread the 'orphan crisis'. She explains how the global humanitarian focus on orphanhood often elides the social and political circumstances that actually present the greatest adversity to vulnerable children - in effect deepening the crisis and thereby affecting children's lives as irrevocably as HIV/AIDS itself
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- Uganda.
Child welfare -- Uganda.
Children of AIDS patients -- Uganda -- Social conditions.
Orphans -- Uganda -- Social conditions.
Poor children -- Uganda -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 022643768X (electronic bk.)
9780226437682 (electronic bk.)