Moral and Ethical Assemblages

Jarrett Zigon

in “HIV Is God's Blessing”

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780520267626
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520948327 | DOI:
Moral and Ethical Assemblages

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This chapter provides an analysis of the Church-run rehabilitation and HIV prevention and care as a therapeutic process of cultivating new moral persons. The various therapies, ways of speaking, and practices performed are not so much aimed at overcoming addiction, although this certainly can be a consequence of the therapeutic process; rather they are aimed at transforming the moral personhood of the rehabilitants into what the Church would call spiritually moral persons. If one can make oneself into a spiritually moral person, then one will no longer be a drug user. This is the therapeutic goal of the church program. The processes leading to this goal are anthropologically described and interpreted, recognizing the multi-aspectual nature of both morality and ethics. The program is not defined by one morality and its ethics, such as Orthodox morality, but rather by a unique local moral and ethical assemblage constituted by various aspects.

Keywords: therapeutic process; HIV prevention; ethical assemblages; rehabilitants; morality; ethics

Chapter.  3949 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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