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The Resource Fraught embrace : the romance and reality of AIDS altruism in Africa, Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

Fraught embrace : the romance and reality of AIDS altruism in Africa, Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

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Fraught embrace : the romance and reality of AIDS altruism in Africa
Title
Fraught embrace
Title remainder
the romance and reality of AIDS altruism in Africa
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Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of organizations and compassionate individuals descended on Africa from faraway places to offer their help and save lives. A Fraught Embrace shows how the dreams of these altruists became entangled with complex institutional and human relationships. Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins vividly describe the often mismatched expectations and fantasies of those who seek to help, of the villagers who desperately seek help, and of the brokers on whom both Western altruists and impoverished villagers must rely. Based on years of fieldwork in the heavily AIDS-affected country of Malawi, this powerful book digs into the sprawling AIDS enterprise and unravels the paradoxes of AIDS policy and practice. All who want to do good--from idealistic volunteers to world-weary development professionals--depend on brokers as guides, fixers, and cultural translators. These irreplaceable but frequently unseen local middlemen are the human connection between altruists' dreams and the realities of global philanthropy. The mutual misunderstandings among donors, brokers, and villagers--each with their own desires and moral imaginations--create all the drama of a romance: longing, exhilaration, disappointment, heartache, and sometimes an enduring connection. Personal stories, public scandals, and intersecting, sometimes clashing fantasies bring the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly down to earth. Swidler and Watkins ultimately argue that altruists could accomplish more good, not by seeking to transform African lives but by helping Africans achieve their own goals. A Fraught Embrace unveils the tangled relations of those involved in the collective struggle to contain an epidemic
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IDEBK
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1944-
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Swidler, Ann
Dewey number
362.1969792096897
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
In English
LC call number
RA643.86.M3
LC item number
S95 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
NLM call number
WC 503
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1938-
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Watkins, Susan Cotts
Series statement
Princeton studies in cultural sociology
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  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • HIV infections
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Antiretroviral agents
  • Voluntarism
  • Altruism
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • Culture
  • Relief Work
  • Organizations
  • Malawi
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • Antiretroviral agents
  • HIV infections
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Voluntarism
  • Malawi
Label
Fraught embrace : the romance and reality of AIDS altruism in Africa, Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Altruism from afar -- Fevered imaginations -- Lumbering behemoths and fluttering butterflies : altruists in the global AIDS enterprise -- Cultural production : a riot of color -- Getting to know brokers -- Brokers' careers : merit, miracles, and malice -- Themes that make everyone happy : fighting stigma and helping orphans -- Themes that make everyone anxious : vulnerable women and harmful cultural practices -- A practice that makes everyone happy : training -- Creating success -- Conclusions : Doing good better
Control code
973019800
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 280 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691173924
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 10.1515/9781400884988
  • 99974314960
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 993170
  • 22573/ctt1q231kp
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)973019800
Label
Fraught embrace : the romance and reality of AIDS altruism in Africa, Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : Altruism from afar -- Fevered imaginations -- Lumbering behemoths and fluttering butterflies : altruists in the global AIDS enterprise -- Cultural production : a riot of color -- Getting to know brokers -- Brokers' careers : merit, miracles, and malice -- Themes that make everyone happy : fighting stigma and helping orphans -- Themes that make everyone anxious : vulnerable women and harmful cultural practices -- A practice that makes everyone happy : training -- Creating success -- Conclusions : Doing good better
Control code
973019800
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xvi, 280 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780691173924
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other control number
  • 10.1515/9781400884988
  • 99974314960
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 993170
  • 22573/ctt1q231kp
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)973019800

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