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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Contours of matriarchy in care for people living with AIDS

Contours of matriarchy in care for people living with AIDS

Chapter:
(p.139) Eleven Contours of matriarchy in care for people living with AIDS
Source:
Ethics of Care
Author(s):

Anke Niehof

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.003.0011

In sub-Saharan Africa, women are the pivotal actors in caring for people living with AIDS. Recent research reveals a picture of a matriarchy of care, where women are not only the primary caregivers but also decide on and control the care arrangements. In sub-Saharan Africa, care for people living with AIDS is not contained in the private sphere and is much more than women’s morality understood as a parochial concern of women. In the context of HIV and AIDS, it becomes a critical factor in social change and it challenges the traditional patriarchal social order.

Keywords:   sub saharan Africa, aids, care, women’s morality, social change

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