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“HIV Is God's Blessing”: Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia

Jarrett Zigon


This study examines the role of today's Russian Orthodox Church in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Russia has one of the fastest-growing rates of HIV infection in the world—80 percent from intravenous drug use—and the Church remains its only resource for fighting these diseases. The book takes the reader into a Church-run treatment center where, along with self-transformational and religious approaches, it explores broader anthropological questions—of morality, ethics, what constitutes a “normal” life, and who defines it as such. The book argues that this rare Russian partnership between sacred and ... More

Keywords: Russian Orthodox Church, HIV, AIDS, Russia, intravenous drug use, treatment center, morality, ethics, globalization, citizen-subjects

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780520267626
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267626.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jarrett Zigon, author