The Lazarus Effect of AIDS Treatment: Lessons Learned and Lives Saved

Louise Mubanda Rasmussen, Lisa Ann Richey

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Abstract

During the treatment decade of rolling out antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in African clinics, new social meanings have been created, and they link local people living with HIV/AIDS to Western communities in new ways. The health of African “others” has taken a central, new, and perhaps quasi-religious role in Western societies. Working on behalf of humanitarian organizations to combat modern emergencies is the contemporary embodiment of an ideal, pure notion of “the good” that is not linked to “old religion” but mimics many of its dispositions and practices. This analysis is based on empirical data gathered during fieldwork as participants and observers in a Catholic AIDS treatment clinic and through interviews with service providers in Uganda. We use these data to think both creatively and systematically about the meanings and limitations of pastoral power and therapeutic citizenship.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Progressive Human Services
Volume23
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)187-207
ISSN1042-8232
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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