By Patricia C. Henderson
Patricia C. Henderson, a South African anthropologist, resided from March 2003 to February 2006 in Okhahlamba, a municipality within the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. during this ebook, she recounts her event between this rural inhabitants who lived less than the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Spanning a interval that begins sooner than antiretrovirals have been on hand to a time while those remedies have been ultimately used to deal with the in poor health, this robust account of a negative disorder and the groups which it impacts makes a speciality of the binds among soreness and kinship in South Africa.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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He tested positive for HIV in 2001, yet kept his sero-positivity to himself on his return to his natal home in May 2003. His brother-in-law, a successful businessman in Johannesburg, brought him home when he was too ill to remain there. Although he returned to his mother’s homestead with his girlfriend, she soon ‘ran away’, as family relations became more fraught. Phumzile was to learn through a conversation with a neighbour of the Dladla family that Nkosinathi’s girlfriend had told her of her concerns while collecting water at a communal tap near the homestead.
2 Infants’ helplessness is accepted, as people anticipate their growing independence. In the context of HIV and AIDS, the helplessness of a young adult or a child suffering from a multiplicity of afflictions that culminate in death is an inversion of the nurturing forms of care given to the young, in which the fullness of protracted adult lives is wished for. 3 When the body’s flesh eroded through the progression of AIDS, a person was left only with bones. ‘Usala ngamathambo’, ‘You remain with bones’, as the local saying went.
Touch is an embodied way of insisting on an intimate, shared, social world. It is precisely at the places of intimacy that the social is simultaneously upheld and begins to unravel. It is through the skin that we are also able to touch the world. The surface of the body receives textures, the varied degrees of heat of animals and objects. Non-violent touch is that subtle interchange where the hand bears witness to the life of others, both animal and human, or the presence of objects and the particularities of their density, weight and contour.