By Ann Swidler,Susan Cotts Watkins
The complicated relationships among altruists, beneficiaries, and agents within the worldwide attempt to struggle AIDS in Africa
In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of companies and compassionate contributors descended on Africa from far off areas to provide their support and keep lives. A Fraught Embrace exhibits how the desires of those altruists turned entangled with advanced institutional and human relationships. Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins vividly describe the customarily mismatched expectancies and fantasies of these who search to assist, of the villagers who desperately search support, and of the agents on whom either Western altruists and impoverished villagers needs to rely.
Based on years of fieldwork within the seriously AIDS-affected kingdom of Malawi, this strong publication digs into the sprawling AIDS firm and unravels the paradoxes of AIDS coverage and perform. All who are looking to do good—from idealistic volunteers to world-weary improvement professionals—depend on agents as courses, fixers, and cultural translators. those irreplaceable yet often unseen neighborhood middlemen are the human connection among altruists' desires and the realities of world philanthropy.
The mutual misunderstandings between donors, agents, and villagers—each with their very own wishes and ethical imaginations—create all of the drama of a romance: longing, excitement, unhappiness, heartache, and infrequently a permanent connection. own tales, public scandals, and intersecting, occasionally clashing fantasies carry the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly right down to earth.
Swidler and Watkins eventually argue that altruists might accomplish extra sturdy, now not by means of looking to rework African lives yet through assisting Africans in attaining their very own goals. A Fraught embody unveils the tangled kinfolk of these occupied with the collective fight to comprise an epidemic.
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A Fraught Embrace: The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology) by Ann Swidler,Susan Cotts Watkins