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“HIV Is God's Blessing”

Jarrett Zigon

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780520267626
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948327 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520267626.001.0001
“HIV Is God's Blessing”

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This study examines the role of today's Russian Orthodox Church in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Russia has one of the fastest-growing rates of HIV infection in the world—80 percent from intravenous drug use—and the Church remains its only resource for fighting these diseases. The book takes the reader into a Church-run treatment center where, along with self-transformational and religious approaches, it explores broader anthropological questions—of morality, ethics, what constitutes a “normal” life, and who defines it as such. The book argues that this rare Russian partnership between sacred and political power carries unintended consequences: even as the Church condemns the influence of globalization as the root of the problem it seeks to combat, its programs are cultivating citizen-subjects ready for self-governance and responsibility, and better attuned to a world the Church ultimately opposes.

Keywords: Russian Orthodox Church; HIV; AIDS; Russia; intravenous drug use; treatment center; morality; ethics; globalization; citizen-subjects

Book.  280 pages. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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Moral and Ethical Assemblages in “HIV Is God's Blessing”

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Working on the Self in “HIV Is God's Blessing”

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Enchurchment in “HIV Is God's Blessing”

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Cultivating a Normal Life in “HIV Is God's Blessing”

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