Strings Attached: AIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa

Hardcover | May 8, 2014

EditorNadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, Catrine Schroff

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Religion has become deeply involved in HIV/AIDS treatment, care and prevention, and is substantially influencing attitudes and behaviour in the domains of sexuality, relationships and the body. At the same time, AIDS as a disease, as a field of biomedicine, and as a realm of international aidinterventions is heavily affecting socio-religious formations and developments in Africa. Religion and AIDS are transforming African public and private domains together. Yet, scant attention is paid to the ways in which this intertwined engagement between the domains of religion and the domains of AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in African societies become increasingly linked to an outside world. This book seeks to address the question why so much of thetransnational religious engagement with the disease has seemed to serve a conservative agenda. It is unique in drawing attention to the transnationalisation of religion and AIDS in Africa. The disciplinary scope for studying this phenomenon is wide-ranging as it speaks to anthropological,sociological, developmental, historical, and religious studies, and global health perspectives on these issues. Introducing concepts from the study of transnationalism into the study of religion and AIDS and their mutual intertwinement, this book offers the various fields which explore how religious ideologies and moralities have been shaping the experience of AIDS in Africa a new set of conceptual tools foranalysis.The multi-disciplinary, empirical chapters from a wide range of localities shows how African public domains are being shaped by forces that are transnational, steered by forceful religious and moral agendas, and often have substantial international resources behind them. These are, so the authorsargue, the strings attached to the present-day transnational, religious involvement with AIDS in Africa.

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Religion has become deeply involved in HIV/AIDS treatment, care and prevention, and is substantially influencing attitudes and behaviour in the domains of sexuality, relationships and the body. At the same time, AIDS as a disease, as a field of biomedicine, and as a realm of international aidinterventions is heavily affecting socio-rel...

Nadine Beckmann is Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Roehampton. Alessandro Gusman is Research Fellow at the University of Turin. Catrine Schroff is Research Fellow at the Centre of African Studies, University of Copenhagen.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:330 pagesPublished:May 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780197265680

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1. Nadine Beckmann, Catrine Christiansen, Alessandro Gusman and Rijk Van Dijk: Strings Attached: AIDS and the rise of transnational connections in AfricaPart 1: Transnational Relations and Conservative Agendas2. Christine Obbo: Sponsored Sexuality, AIDS and Tough Choices3. Brooke Grundfest Schoepf: Hands across the Sea: Religion, politics, gender and sex, in the US and Africa4. Ijeoma Ajibade: From an Activist's Point of View: Experiencing transnational dynamics among African migrant communities in the UK5. Joanna Sadgrove: Global Moralities, Local Responses: Interpreting sexual morality and social belonging in UgandaPart 2: Transnational Power and Local Agency6. Amy Patterson: Transnational Religious Networks Encounter Community Realities: HIV prevention in Zambia7. Louise Mubanda Rasmussen: Condoms, Pills and Professional Identity: The transnational ART Scale-up Project and Catholic HIV/AIDS counsellors in Uganda8. Brenda Bartelink and Erik Meinema: Contested Sexualities and Shared Concerns: Power dynamics in a transnational network of faith-based organisations9. Isak Niehaus: 'I don't want to hear': HIV, AIDS and the power of words in Bushbuckridge, South AfricaPart 3: Transnational Ideas and Local Discourses about Sexuality10. Anais Bertrand-Dansereau: 'If you cannot control yourself': Christian leaders as HIV preventers in Malawi11. Jonas Svensson: Let's talk about sex: Islam and sexuality in positive Muslims' 'Theology of compassion'12. Astrid Bochow: The Choice of Health: Christian family planning among cosmopolitan educated professionals in times of HIV/AIDS in BotswanaPart 4: Transnational Identities and Homosexuality13. Lindsay Ehrisman: 'Decadent Imports', 'Vile Abominations': (Under)developing discourses on male- male sex and the missionary position in Buganda, 1875-191014. Alexandra Muller: A Backlash of the Hegemony of Human Rights Discourse and Transnational Moralities: The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill15. Jack Ume Tocco: The Mode of Transmission that Dare not Speak its Name: Islam, AIDS and the public secret of homosexuality in Northern NigeriaEpilogue16. Rijk Van Dijk: Strings, Strains and Strides of Transnational Competence: Complex ambiguities