Some Closing Words

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:
Some Closing Words

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In the Russian Orthodox Church's perspective, HIV is considered God's blessing. This chapter sheds light on the unintended consequences of this blessing. The Church considers HIV a blessing because it believes that the illness provides a motivation for persons to change themselves. The Church-run program provides a context in which this change can take place. The very ethical practices utilized in the program provide rehabilitants with the possibility to live a normal life in the neoliberal world the Church sets itself against. The undeniable fact is that much of what happens in the Church-run program is akin to both nonreligious, secular therapeutic practices and sacred, secular therapeutics. The Russian Orthodox Church is a quite modern and global institution capable of and willing to borrow those discourses, techniques, and practices that are widely considered to be best practices for drug rehabilitation.

Keywords: God's blessing; ethical practices; neoliberal world; therapeutic practices; drug rehabilitation

Chapter.  4093 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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