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By Fraser G. McNeill

This ebook deals an unique anthropological method of the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, demonstrating why AIDS interventions within the former fatherland of Venda have failed - and probably even been counterproductive. It does so via a sequence of ethnographic encounters, from kings to condoms, which reveal the ways that biomedical figuring out of the virus were rejected through - and integrated into - neighborhood understandings of healthiness, disease, intercourse and loss of life. during the songs of woman initiation, AIDS schooling and wandering minstrels, the e-book argues that song is primary to knowing how AIDS interventions function. This ebook elucidates a hidden international of which means during which humans sing approximately what they can't discuss, the place educators are blamed for spreading the virus, and within which condoms are frequently idea to reason AIDS. The coverage implications are transparent: African worldviews needs to be taken heavily if AIDS interventions in Africa are to turn into successful.

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