The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa.

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    • Subject Terms:
    • Author-Supplied Keywords:
      critical race studies
      cultural studies
      ethnography
      gender
      globalization
      HIV/AIDS
      post-colonial
      sexuality
      the body
    • Abstract:
      In post-apartheid South Africa, no single dominant discourse on the body has been capable of constructing or maintaining the authority necessary to assume hegemony and therefore inscribe its corporeal paradigm on the national body politic. As a result, a vociferous "symbolic struggle" is raging in South Africa's public sphere over the meaning and significance of HIV/AIDS. The ability to define and circumscribe the South African body politic is the stake over which the players in this battle wrangle. Due to the legacies of apartheid and indirect rule, the catastrophic rates of HIV infection and abject poverty, the position of South Africa in the global market, and the stakes involved in the struggle to define and circumscribe the national imagination, a myth of incommensurability has been established, dividing the variegated discourses on healing and HIV/AIDS in two. The symbolic struggle over HIV/AIDS has been therefore disguised as an epic confrontation between modernity and traditionalism, and ideologies of race, class, gender and sexuality are used as weapons of warfare. Given the power, hostility and political significance of the antagonism, one would expect HIV-positive South Africans to choose sides in their selection of health care. But instead, the health itineraries and ideologies of HIV-infected South Africans are hybrid in nature. Drawing on 27 months of qualitative field research, this paper explores the way in which impoverished South Africans living with HIV/AIDS undermine the myth of incommensurability as they traverse a complex network of health services and incorporate diverse paradigms of healing. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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    • Author Affiliations:
      1University of Michigan
    • Accession Number:
      34595633
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      DECOTEAU, C. The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, [s. l.], p. 1, 2007. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633. Acesso em: 5 jun. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Decoteau C. The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association. 2007 Annual Meeting 2007:1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633. Accessed June 5, 2020.
    • APA:
      Decoteau, C. (2007). The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, 1.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Decoteau, Claire. 2007. “The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633.
    • Harvard:
      Decoteau, C. (2007) ‘The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa’, Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, p. 1. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633 (Accessed: 5 June 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Decoteau, C 2007, ‘The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa’, Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, p. 1, viewed 5 June 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Decoteau, Claire. “The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, 2007 Annual Meeting 2007, p. 1. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Decoteau, Claire. “The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association, 2007 Annual Meeting 2007, 1. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Decoteau C. The Myth of Incommensurability: The Bio-Politics of HIV/AIDS in Post-Apartheid South Africa. Conference Papers -- American Sociological Association [Internet]. 2007 2007 Annual Meeting [cited 2020 Jun 5];1. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=sih&AN=34595633