AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame

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Does the scientific "theory" that HIV came to North America from Haiti stem from underlying attitudes of racism and ethnocentrism in the United States rather than from hard evidence? Anthropologist-physician Paul Farmer answers in the affirmative with this, the first full-length ethnographic study of AIDS in a poor society.
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Overview

Does the scientific "theory" that HIV came to North America from Haiti stem from underlying attitudes of racism and ethnocentrism in the United States rather than from hard evidence? Anthropologist-physician Paul Farmer answers in the affirmative with this, the first full-length ethnographic study of AIDS in a poor society.
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Physician and anthropologist Farmer studied the impact of AIDS on the impoverished people of Haiti, and his portrayal for his doctoral dissertation, of a small rural village--its clinic, religious life, folk healers, and voodoo beliefs--brings Haitian culture powerfully to life. He provides an extensive history of the country, finally exploring the connection between suffering and blame: Americans have blamed Haitians for ``causing'' AIDS, while Haitians have accused one another of ``sending'' it through sorcery. Rarely is a book based on a dissertation so engaging. Highly recommended for academic and subject collections.-- Judith Eannarino, Washington, D.C.
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Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer, the Presley Professor at Harvard Medical School, is founding director of Partners In Health and Chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Among his books are Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (California, 2003).
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction 1
Pt. I Misfortunes Without Number 17
2 The Water Refugees 19
3 The Remembered Valley 28
4 The Alexis Advantage: The Retaking of Kay 33
5 The Struggle for Health 42
6 1986 and After: Narrative Truth and Political Change 48
Pt. II AIDS Comes to a Haitian Village 59
7 Manno 61
8 Anita 80
9 Dieudonne 95
10 "A Place Ravaged by AIDS" 110
Pt. III The Exotic and the Mundane: HIV in Haiti 121
11 A Chronology of the AIDS/HIV Epidemic in Haiti 125
12 HIV in Haiti: The Dimensions of the Problem 130
13 Haiti and the "Accepted Risk Factors" 134
14 AIDS in the Caribbean: The "West Atlantic Pandemic" 141
Pt. IV Aids, History, Political Economy 151
15 Many Masters: The European Domination of Haiti 153
16 The Nineteenth Century: One Hundred Years of Solitude? 164
17 The United States and the People with History 177
Pt. V Aids and Accusation 191
18 AIDS and Sorcery: Accusation in the Village 193
19 AIDS and Racism: Accusation in the Center 208
20 AIDS and Empire: Accusation in the Periphery 229
21 Blame, Cause, Etiology, and Accusation 244
22 Conclusion: AIDS and an Anthropology of Suffering 252
Notes 265
Bibliography 301
Index 333
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