Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Ancestors and AntiretroviralsThe Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Claire Laurier Decoteau

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226064451

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226064628.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM CHICAGO SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.chicago.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Chicago Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CHSO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022



(p.199) Five Hybridity
Ancestors and Antiretrovirals

Claire Laurier Decoteau

University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes the relationship between indigenous and biomedical healing in South Africa. Although contemporary bio-political struggles over HIV/AIDS posit a ‘myth of incommensurability’ – an ideology that indigenous (read ‘traditional’) and biomedical (read ‘modern’) forms of healing are irreconcilably incompatible – people living with HIV/AIDS have embodied culturally hybrid identities by amalgamating different African cultures with cultural ideologies derived from international, national and local influences. This cultural hybridity is made possible by the historical conjuncture of events which marked the transition from apartheid to post-apartheid, and it allows the subjects of post-apartheid to circumnavigate the material strictures erected by both neoliberal economic restructuring and the pandemic itself. This chapter engages in a postcolonial re-reading of Pierre Bourdieu’s theories of field and habitus.

Keywords:   indigenous healing, biomedicine, fields, habitus, hybridity, postcolonial, neoliberalism, HIV, myth of incommensurability, modernity

Chicago Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.