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Conclusion: This World We Live in

Didier Fassin

in When Bodies Remember

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780520244672
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940451 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520244672.003.0007
Conclusion: This World We Live in

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This chapter sheds light on the history of AIDS in South Africa. The history of AIDS in South Africa constitutes a web of meaning that extends well beyond country borders and the disease itself. It recounts a political world order composed of social configurations and symbolic arrangements on the one hand, relations of knowledge and power and representations of the self and discourses on the other. Political and moral self-identification transcends national borders and often takes on a racial dimension, precisely the dimension along which the African continent and its American diaspora are coming closer today. Self-identification does not neglect broader loyalties encompassing several victims, as shown by the reception of the Palestinian cause in such culturally and historically dissimilar contexts as South African townships and poor French suburbs. Self-construction now implies a reappropriation of the past, which in turn reveals the historical continuity of oppression and domination.

Keywords: self-construction; self-identification; social configurations; racial dimension; age of anxiety

Chapter.  3865 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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