Excerpt from A Kinship of Bones by Patricia Henderson
UKZN Press has shared a preview of Patricia Henderson’s A Kinship of Bones: AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal.
The excerpt includes Henderson’s introduction to the book in which she explains her research methods and how she aimed to “reflect the concerns of rural people and would pay close attention to local ways in which the illness,through time, was folded into everyday life, as well as how people used language to reflect upon its devastating presence”. She also addresses the limitations and value of anthropological studies and explains why she chose the title and what the significance of bones came to be during the time she spent in Okhahlamba.
The first chapter of the book, “The Vertiginous Body and Social Metamorphosis”, can also be read in this extract:
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