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When Bodies Remember: Experiences and Politics of AIDS in South Africa

Didier Fassin


This book takes on the failure of the ANC government to stem the tide of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. The book traces the deep roots of the AIDS crisis to apartheid and, before that, to the colonial period. One person in ten is infected with HIV in South Africa, and President Thabo Mbeki has initiated a global controversy by funding questionable medical research, casting doubt on the benefits of preventing mother-to-child transmission, and embracing dissidents who challenge the viral theory of AIDS. The book contextualizes Mbeki's position by exploring issues of race and genocide that su ... More

Keywords: AIDS, ANC government, epidemic, South Africa, apartheid, HIV, Thabo Mbeki, medical research, dissidents, viral theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520244672
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520244672.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Didier Fassin, author