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Crying for Our Elders – African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS - Chicago Scholarship Online
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Crying for Our Elders: African Orphanhood in the Age of HIV and AIDS

Kristen E. Cheney


The African HIV/AIDS pandemic has defined the childhoods of an entire generation. Many children have lost their parents to AIDS while HIV-infected children are now surviving thanks to life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs). In this incisive ethnography, Cheney argues that humanitarian misreadings of the 'AIDS orphan crisis' have affected children's lives as irrevocably as HIV/AIDS itself. Using participatory research with the “post-ARV generation” in Uganda, this book traces the social transformations caused by AIDS orphanhood and it impacts on children, families, and communities. Young peopl ... More

Keywords: Africa, OVC, children, HIV, humanitarianism, kinship, orphans and vulnerable children, youth participatory research, children's rights, poverty, AIDS

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226437408
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226437682.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kristen E. Cheney, author
International Institute of Social Studies

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