Foreign AIDS Cultural Relations as an Immunological Form

in The Age of Immunology

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780226568126
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226568140 | DOI:
Foreign AIDS Cultural Relations as an Immunological Form

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The fundamental categories around which specific ways of thinking and acting develop can vary enormously over space and time, and may even be readily evidenced within the recent history of a particular culture or intellectual tradition. The fundamental focus of AIDS pathology in popular discourse has to do with a fairly simple form of demonology. To extend the social metaphor of cell deception, the pathogen holds out hope; in mimicking what is beneficial, it gives the appearance of being useful. Indeed, within the concept of cell warfare is one assumption—namely, that infection is based upon bad faith—that the body perceives itself to be engaged in a form of productive reciprocity. The course of HIV infection is presented diagrammatically in the chapter as an expression of consciousness and of conscious transformation.

Keywords: AIDS pathology; cell deception; HIV infection; consciousness; conscious transformation

Chapter.  11855 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural Anthropology

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