The Resource A Fraught Embrace : The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa, Susan Cotts Watkins, Ann Swidler

A Fraught Embrace : The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa, Susan Cotts Watkins, Ann Swidler

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A Fraught Embrace : The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa
Title
A Fraught Embrace
Title remainder
The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa
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Susan Cotts Watkins, Ann Swidler
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of organizations and compassionate individuals descended on Africa from faraway places to offer their help and save lives. A Fraught Embrace shows how the dreams of these altruists became entangled with complex institutional and human relationships. Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins vividly describe the often mismatched expectations and fantasies of those who seek to help, of the villagers who desperately seek help, and of the brokers on whom both Western altruists and impoverished villagers must rely.Based on years of fieldwork in the heavily AIDS-affected country of Malawi, this powerful book digs into the sprawling AIDS enterprise and unravels the paradoxes of AIDS policy and practice. All who want to do good—from idealistic volunteers to world-weary development professionals—depend on brokers as guides, fixers, and cultural translators. These irreplaceable but frequently unseen local middlemen are the human connection between altruists' dreams and the realities of global philanthropy. The mutual misunderstandings among donors, brokers, and villagers—each with their own desires and moral imaginations—create all the drama of a romance: longing, exhilaration, disappointment, heartache, and sometimes an enduring connection. Personal stories, public scandals, and intersecting, sometimes clashing fantasies bring the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly down to earth. Swidler and Watkins ultimately argue that altruists could accomplish more good, not by seeking to transform African lives but by helping Africans achieve their own goals. A Fraught Embrace unveils the tangled relations of those involved in the collective struggle to contain an epidemic
Cataloging source
DE-B1597
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Swidler, Ann
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other
LC call number
RA643.86.M3
LC item number
S95 2017
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Watkins, Susan Cotts
  • De Gruyter
Series statement
Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology
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  • AIDS (Disease)
  • AIDS (Disease)
  • HIV infections
  • Non-governmental organizations
Target audience
specialized
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A Fraught Embrace : The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa, Susan Cotts Watkins, Ann Swidler
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online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Brokers’ Careers: Merit, Miracles, and Malice
  • 7. Themes That Make Everyone Happy: Fighting Stigma and Helping Orphans
  • 8. Themes That Make Everyone Anxious: Vulnerable Women and Harmful Cultural Practices
  • 9. A Practice That Makes Everyone Happy: Training
  • 10. Creating Success
  • 11. Conclusions: Doing Good Better
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: Altruism from Afar
  • 2. Fevered Imaginations
  • 3. Lumbering Behemoths and Fluttering Butterflies: Altruists in the Global AIDS Enterprise
  • 4. Cultural Production: A Riot of Color
  • 5. Getting to Know Brokers
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1 online resource
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online
Isbn
9781400884988
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computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400884988
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remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)479698
  • (OCoLC)984686775
  • (DE-B1597)9781400884988
Label
A Fraught Embrace : The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa, Susan Cotts Watkins, Ann Swidler
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 6. Brokers’ Careers: Merit, Miracles, and Malice
  • 7. Themes That Make Everyone Happy: Fighting Stigma and Helping Orphans
  • 8. Themes That Make Everyone Anxious: Vulnerable Women and Harmful Cultural Practices
  • 9. A Practice That Makes Everyone Happy: Training
  • 10. Creating Success
  • 11. Conclusions: Doing Good Better
  • Acknowledgments
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction: Altruism from Afar
  • 2. Fevered Imaginations
  • 3. Lumbering Behemoths and Fluttering Butterflies: Altruists in the Global AIDS Enterprise
  • 4. Cultural Production: A Riot of Color
  • 5. Getting to Know Brokers
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781400884988
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.1515/9781400884988
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)479698
  • (OCoLC)984686775
  • (DE-B1597)9781400884988

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