By Alex de Waal
Why, 20 years into the predicament, are democratic governments appearing so poorly in tackling AIDS in Africa? De Waal argues that latest ways are pushed via pursuits and frameworks that fail to have interaction with African societies' resilience and creativity. Already, African groups have confounded a few of the worst predictions of catastrophe. If competently supported, they're going to locate methods of maintaining improvement and democracy in the middle of HIV/AIDS.
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Extra info for AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis - Yet (African Arguments)
The repercussions of AIDS for the moral cosmology are profound indeed. We should also be alert to the fact that scholars and policy makers themselves are unable to think about the crisis that is AIDS without using language and imagery borrowed from another realm of human experience. How we think about the AIDS epidemic becomes its own reality. Yet we must not lose sight of the virus and the disease. ’44 HIV transmission is preventable and medication is available that can extend a healthy life for those living with HIV.
An elaborate funeral is an investment of earthly resources to maintain the invisible order. This phenomenon began and continues independently of AIDS – Africa’s most elaborate funerals are found in coastal West African countries where the epidemic has been less devastating – but AIDS has become totemic for this cosmological crisis. The Gwembe Tonga communities of rural Zambia have been studied by anthropologists for half a century. 39 As in Soweto, jealousies drive witchcraft allegations often among intimate kin.
Constituency-based electoral systems return a preponderance of men, often in proportion to how competitive they are. Leftist politics are deeply imbued with militarism and hegemonic masculinity. 21 This, he contends, underpins Robert Mugabe’s homophobia, his pathological grip on power, and his ability to mobilize the anger of war veterans – real and imagined – in the pursuit of the fruits of victory which they feel they have been denied. Campbell argues that the liberationist left has yet to emancipate itself from an aggressive and regressive patriarchy.
AIDS and Power: Why there is no Political Crisis - Yet (African Arguments) by Alex de Waal