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Title   Aids & Accusation Haiti & the Geography of Blame 

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Author   FARMER P  ISBN   9780520248397  Add to shopping cart   
Publisher   University of California Press  Group   Sci/Hum. View shopping cart
Binding   Paperback Category   Anthropology  Terms and conditions
Edition   RE/05 Type   Go back
Publication Year   2005 
Subject   HIV / AIDS 
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Synopsis Does the scientific "theory" that HIV came to North America from Haiti stem from underlying attitudes of racism and ethnocentrism in the USA rather than from hard evidence? Anthropologist-physician Paul Farmer answers in the affirmative with this, the first full-length ethnographic study of AIDS in a poor society.Farmer was present when the first case of AIDS was registered in the rural Haitian village of Kay, a peasant community rendered particularly vulnerable to AIDS, he maintains, by extreme poverty. With moving directness, Farmer tells what happened when this society was invaded by a mysterious and deadly plague. He follows the case histories of three afflicted individuals, linking their experience to large-scale forces that have shaped the AIDS pandemic.How, he asks, did HIV come to Haiti, and when did it arrive? How far has it spread? How is it transmitted, and who is at risk? What might explain the profusion of theories about a Haitian origin of AIDS? His search for answers reaches into the domains of epidemiology, history, and political economy. Farmer brings into sharp focus the relation of AIDS to poverty and racism, and the responsibility of scientists and policy makers to develop a more global awareness of this infectious disease that "runs along the fault lines of our international order".

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