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Ancestors and Antiretrovirals – The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Ancestors and Antiretrovirals: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Claire Laurier Decoteau


This book argues that HIV/AIDS policy has been a venue through which the South African government has attempted to balance the contradictory demands of postcolonial nation-building: forced to satisfy the demands of neoliberal global capital and meet the needs of its poorest populations. It suggests that one of the primary ways in which this ‘postcolonial paradox’ is managed is through the re-signification of the tropes of ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’ – both within the public sphere and in the discourses and ideologies of people living with HIV/AIDS. The book traces the politics of AIDS in South ... More

Keywords: HIV, AIDS, ethnography neoliberalism, bio-politics, postcolonial paradox, indigenous healing, hybridity, health inequality, modernity, tradition, South Africa

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226064451
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226064628.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Laurier Decoteau, author