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A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173924
eISBN:
9781400884988
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173924.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

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. This book shows how the dreams of ... More


Themes that Make Everyone Happy: Fighting Stigma and Helping Orphans

Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

in A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173924
eISBN:
9781400884988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173924.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter illustrates the misunderstandings and accommodations that brokers and donors make. It begins with a story which, like many stories in the world of African aid, is an almost surreal ... More


Getting to know Brokers

Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

in A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173924
eISBN:
9781400884988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173924.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This chapter looks at how, in the romance of AIDS altruism, brokers must bridge the distance between the imaginations and aspirations of the altruists and those of the people they aim to help. For ... More


Conclusions: Doing Good Better

Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins

in A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691173924
eISBN:
9781400884988
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691173924.003.0011
Subject:
Sociology, Health, Illness, and Medicine

This concluding chapter explains how hard the task of the AIDS enterprise is. It is difficult because the visions that inspire the romance of altruism are often at odds with the visions of the ... More


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