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Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa - Non-Governmental Public Action (Paperback)
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Faith in the Time of AIDS: Religion, Biopolitics and Modernity in South Africa - Non-Governmental Public Action (Paperback)

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Paperback 216 Pages / Published: 22/12/2017
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This book describes how Christian communities in South Africa have responded to HIV/AIDS and how these responses have affected the lives HIV-positive people, youth and broader communities. Drawing on Foucault and the sociology of knowledge, it explains how religion became influential in reshaping ideas about sexuality, medicine and modernity.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781349560592
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 302 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2015


MEDIA REVIEWS

'If there is one book to read about how social science can help us understand the global impact of the HIV epidemic, it is Faith in the Time of Aids. Burchardt masterfully weaves together ethnography from his work with affected communities and churches in South Africa, empirical evidence from around the world, and social theory. He overturns received wisdom about Africa, about the epidemic and about religion in the modern world. Strongly recommended to students of globalization, health and social theory.' -Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Ecole de Sante publique de l'Universite de Montreal and College d'etudes mondiales, Canada and France

'This wonderful book uses rich, emotionally-resonant ethnography to explore fundamental aspects of African modernity. It offers a brilliant, paradoxical picture of Christian - especially Pentecostal - and NGO responses to AIDS, as South Africans learn new techniques for transforming the self, and as life, sex, and death are given new meanings.' -Ann Swidler, University of California-Berkely, USA

'A critical, eloquent account of an insuperably complex situation, the unfair distribution of privilege/risk, and the imperative for bold political action. With theoretical and methodological dexterity, Burchardt infuses his analysis with respect for the persons whose lives this book narrates, explicates, and represents.' -Robin Root, City University of New York, USA

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