South African Aids Activism And Global Health Politics

Hardcover | March 29, 2013

byMandisa Mbali

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What did South African AIDS activists contribute, politically, to early international advocacy for free HIV medicines for the world's poor? Mandisa Mbali demonstrates that South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) gave moral legitimacy to the international movement which enabled it to effectively push for new models of global health diplomacy and governance. The TAC rapidly acquired moral credibility, she argues, because of its leaders' anti-apartheid political backgrounds, its successful human rights-based litigation and its effective popularization of AIDS-related science.

The country's arresting democratic transition in 1994 enabled South African activists to form transnational alliances. Its new Constitution provided novel opportunities for legal activism, such as the TAC's advocacy against multinational pharmaceutical companies and the South African government. Mbali's history of the TAC sheds light on its evolution into an influential force for global health justice.

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What did South African AIDS activists contribute, politically, to early international advocacy for free HIV medicines for the world's poor? Mandisa Mbali demonstrates that South Africa's Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) gave moral legitimacy to the international movement which enabled it to effectively push for new models of global heal...

Mandisa Mbali is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She is a Rhodes scholar and obtained her doctorate in Modern History at the University of Oxford, UK. Mbali completed postdoctoral training at Yale University, USA and has published a journal article an...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 10.86 × 6 × 0.99 inPublished:March 29, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360629

ISBN - 13:9780230360624

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Table of Contents

Introduction: South African AIDS Activism & Global Health Justice
PART I: AIDS ACTIVISM & SOUTH AFRICA'S TRANSITION
1. Health for all? Healthworker AIDS Activism 1982 - 94
2. From Pride to Political Funeral: Gay AIDS Activism 1990 - 4
3. Women, Science and Sexism in AIDS Activism in the 1990s
PART II: THE TAC & GLOBAL HEALTH POLITICS
4. Science and Sexuality in the Formation of the TAC, 1994 - 2001
5. 'pharma' v. Mandela: South African Moral Capital in a Global Movement
6. Radical legitimacy: Rights & Reasonableness in the TAC, 2001  - 3
7. 'The Durban Effect': The TAC's Impact on Global Health Diplomacy & Governance
Conclusion: Recession & Reinventions

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"The book is particularly good at demonstrating the ways in which the historical context affected the development of AIDS activism, and how the transition to democracy both opened up new opportunities and brought new difficulties . . . As Mbali's book rightly reminds us, the struggle for global health justice is founded on the work of grassroots campaigners. Activists really can make a difference." - International Affairs