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Fierce Medicines, Fragile Socialities
Grounding Global HIV Treatment in Tanzania
436 pages, 12 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-78920-321-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (August 2019)
eISBN 978-1-78920-322-6 eBook
“This is an important contribution to existing research on HIV and its treatment in Africa. The book is unique in combining perspectives on providing, and on living, life with HIV treatment. The observations are acute, and the case studies of patients and families are illuminating.” • Susan Reynolds Whyte, University of Copenhagen
Set in Tanga, a city on the Tanzanian Swahili coast, Dominik Mattes examines the implementation of antiretroviral HIV-treatment (ART) in the area, exploring the manifold infrastructural and social fragilities of treatment provision in public HIV clinics as well as patients’ multi-layered struggles of coming to terms with ART in their everyday lives. Based on extensive ethnographic fieldwork, the book shows that, notwithstanding the massive rollout of ART, providing treatment and living a life with HIV in settings like Tanga continue to entail social, economic, and moral challenges and long-term uncertainties, which contradict the global rhetoric of the “normalization of HIV”.
Dominik Mattes is a postdoctoral researcher at the Collaborative Research Center “Affective Societies” and the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. His research interests include medical anthropology, critical global health, anthropology of religion, as well as anthropology of affect and emotion.