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Description - Witches, Westerners and HIV by Alexander Roedlach

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is mysterious in origin, diabolically efficient in its transmission, and devastating in its consequences. Cultural discourses attempting to explain where it comes from, who gets it, and who dies have proliferated in local and national cultures around the world, and these discourses frequently come into conflict with scientific explanations. Witches, Westerners, and HIV is the first in-depth study investigating and comparing beliefs about witchcraft and conspiracies surrounding HIV/AIDS in Africa. Alexander Rodlach, an anthropologist who spent nearly 10 years living, working, and conducting research in Zimbabwe, examines these beliefs, their effects, and how they are utilized by individuals. He shows how sorcery, typically associated with "traditional culture", and conspiracy, usually analyzed in terms of national politics and international inequality, are in fact closely linked and mutually operationalized. Finally, he analyzes the importance of these beliefs for HIV/AIDS advocacy and public health programs, explaining the ways in which cultural misunderstandings are contributing to the failure of many well-intentioned efforts.Witches, Westerners, and HIV advances our understanding of the cultural dimensions of health and disease, and offers essential lessons for health professionals, HIV/AIDS advocates, and anyone committed to finding successful approaches to alleviating an epidemic of disastrous global proportions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781598740349
ISBN-10: 1598740342
Format: Paperback / softback
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 258
Imprint: Left Coast Press Inc
Publisher: Left Coast Press Inc
Publish Date: 15-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Alexander Roedlach

Alexander Rodlach, an ordained priest, worked in Plumtree and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe from 1991 to 1998 before receiving his doctorate in anthropology from the University of Florida. He is the author of several articles and chapters on HIV/AIDS and African politics, and currently works at the Anthropos Institute, St. Augustine, Germany, and in the editorial department of Anthropos.

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