In 2003-2006, Patricia Henderson lived in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal where she recorded the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS. In this illuminating study, she recounts the concerns of rural people and explores local repertoires through which illness was folded into everyday life.
The book spans a period when antiretroviral medication was not available, and moves on to a time when the treatment became accessible. Hope gradually became manifest in the recovery of a number of people through antiretroviral therapies and ‘the return’ of bodies they could recognise as their own. This research implies that protracted interaction with people over time, offers insights into the unfolding textures of everyday life, in particular in its focus on suffering, social and structural inequality, illness, violence, mourning, sensibility, care and intimacy.
About the Author
Patricia C. Henderson is a lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Cape Town.
Table of Contents
AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal - 2
Contents - 8
Acknowledgements - 10
Preface - 14
Introduction - 18
1 The Vertiginous Body and Social Metamorphosis - 42
2 Mortality and the Ethics of Ethnographic Research - 60
3 Children and Youth in Pursuit of Care - 84
4 Healers Negotiating the Local and the Global - 106
5 Love in a Time of Adversity - 128
6 On Accompanying the Ill - 154
Epilogue - 182
Appendix: Interlocutors and Research Methods - 188
Acronyms - 194
Glossary - 196
Notes - 202
Appendix: Interlocutors and Research Methods - 224
Bibliography - 226
Index - 244