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A Kinship of Bones: Patricia Henderson’s Study of People Living with HIV/Aids in Rural KZN

A Kinship of BonesNew from UKZN Press, A Kinship of Bones: AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal by Patricia Henderson:

From 2003 to 2006 Patricia Henderson lived in Okhahlamba in the region of the Northern Drakensberg, where she recorded the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS. In this illuminating study, she explores the local repertoires through which illness was folded into everyday life.

The book spans a period when anti-retroviral medication was not available, and moves on to a time when the treatment became accessible. Hope gradually became manifest in the recovery of a number of people through antiretroviral therapies and ‘the return’ of bodies they could recognise as their own. The research implies the protracted interaction with people over time, and offers insights into the unfolding textures of everyday life, in particular its focus on suffering, social and structural inequality, illness, violence, mourning, sensibility, care and intimacy.

Praise for the book

“Taking the reader through landscapes of disease, devastation and hope, Henderson’s book is theoretically erudite without her philosophical observations overwriting the words of her respondents. She shows what fidelity means in the fields anthropologists cultivate.”
Veena Das, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University

“There is remarkably little in the literature on the effects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Southern Africa about practices of care and relationship. It is as though the disease renders social life impossible to think. In her careful account, Henderson shows how the social is constituted through aesthetic, emotional and embodied relationships of mutuality, and the world re-made in the face of grief and loss. The book is essential reading for all who would understand how ordinary worlds are crafted in the face of massive illness. Written in the interface between anthropology and philosophy, the book asks us to envisage the making of sociality in a world overwritten by technicist interpretations of life and death.”
Fiona Ross, Associate Professor, University of Cape Town

About the author

Patricia C. Henderson is a senior lecturer in anthropology at Rhodes University, has undertaken extensive research at the universities of KwaZulu-Natal and Cape Town, and has also lectured anthropology at the universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town.

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Video: John-Eudes Kunda Addresses Community-based HIV/AIDS Research

African Responses to HIV/AIDSDr John-Eudes Lengwe Kunda recently shared his experience of conducting community-based research in his home country of Zambia. Kunda is a contributor to the book African Responses to HIV/AIDS: Between Speech and Action and a CTN International Fellow with the Canadian HIV Trials Network.

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The Scope for Health Care Reform Examined in Universal Health in Southern Africa

Universal Health in Southern AfricaUniversal Health in Southern Africa examines the scope for health care reform in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Both countries are undergoing significant attempts at reforming inequitable, private sector-dominated health care systems in the context of fragile, negotiated social settlements.

In South Africa, the government is moving towards introducing a national health insurance scheme that holds the historic promise of introducing social solidarity and effective health care for all its citizens. However, key aspects of the proposed scheme remain unresolved and need to be widely debated. In Zimbabwe, mandatory national health insurance has been discussed for decades without any conclusion being reached or a system implemented. This option needs to be revisited as the economy stabilises and confidence in governance improves.

Based on extensive research, the contributors to this volume examine health care reform in historical context, analyse the views of key stakeholders and reflect on current proposals for better health financing and more people-centred health systems based on the principles of universality and social solidarity.

Universal Health in Southern Africa is essential reading for academics, health professionals and policy makers concerned with the historical, ideological and institutional background to the current policy debate on the commercialisation of health care and proposed alternatives such as a national health system.

About the editors

Greg Ruiters is professor of governance and public policy at the University of the Western Cape and co-director of the Municipal Services Project.

Robert van Niekerk is professor of social policy and director of the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University.

Contributors: Yoswa M Dambisya • Shorai Jasi • Rene Loewenson • Aulline Mabika • Rangarirai Machemedze • Di McIntyre • Sehlapelo Irene Mokgoatsane • Elijah Munyuki • Shepherd Shamu

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Podcast: Nicoli Nattrass Addresses “The Human Question” at UCT Summer School

Mortal CombatNicoli Nattrass, head of UCT’s Centre for Social Science Research (CSSR) and professor in the School of Economics, was one of four speakers who delivered lectures in a series entitled “The Human Question” at UCT Summer School.

Nattrass, the author of Mortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa, dedicated her talk to a discussion on “the way in which the human has been conceptualised by neoclassical economics as ‘homo-economicus’”.

The CSSR has made a podcast of her lecture, “Homo-Economicus?”, available online:

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Introducing Siyazama: Art, AIDS and Education edited by Kate Wells

SiyazamaThe Siyazama Project enables rural traditional craftswomen from KwaZulu-Natal to express their concerns about AIDS and all of its complexities through their beautiful beaded cloth dolls and beadwork.

The project and its producers communicate and spread awareness on HIV/AIDS through creative workshops, local and international exhibitions, museum collections, publications and on-going research activities. Project leader, Kate Wells, has compiled Siyazama: Art, AIDS and Education, an attractive, full-colour book to illustrate the main collaborators’ role in Siyazama to date.

‘The Siyazama Project effectively melds the arts, public health and the power of social networks into a culturally sensitive and strategically effective challenge to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. This is what arts and health is all about.’ – Gary Christenson, M.D., University of Minnesota and President of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

About the editor

Kate Wells is an Associate Professor and Senior Graphic Design Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology.

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UKZN Press Marks World AIDS Day with Discount on HIV/AIDS Related Titles in December

World AIDS Day: UKZN Press offers 20% discount on HIV/AIDS related titles throughout December

Today is World AIDS Day and to mark this important day on the international calendar, UKZN Press is offering a 20% discount on a selection of HIV/AIDS related titles throughout December. Find the full list of titles below.

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Religion and HIV and AIDSReligion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain by Beverley Haddad

This book explores the interface between HIV, AIDS and religion and makes a significant contribution to a growing body of scholarship that recognises the importance of religious engagement with the reality of HIV and AIDS. In many communities, the spiritual narrative is far more compelling than its bio-medical equivalent, making interdisciplinary collaboration crucial. The project that gave birth to this book brought together scholars from the fields of religion and theology and activists from local communities. Its content captures the collaborative character of the book and each chapter is accompanied by a practitioner response. Existing scholarly literature was analysed and interrogated in the context of local community knowledge. The task was to understand what work has been done; and to discern what remains to be done. The book has a strong African focus with local forms of Christianity and Islam featuring prominently.

Love in the Time of AIDSLove in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa by Mark Hunter

In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials, Mark Hunter details the everyday social inequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths. Hunter shows how first apartheid and then chronic unemployment have become entangled with ideas about femininity, masculinity, love, and sex and have created an economy of exchange that perpetuates the transmission of HIV/AIDS. This sobering ethnography challenges conventional understandings of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Towards Gender EqualityTowards Gender Equality: South African Schools during the HIV and AIDS Epidemic edited by Robert Morrell, Debbie Epstein, Elaine Unterhalter, Deevia Bhana, Relebohile Moletsane

Since the democratic elections in 1994, there have been concerted efforts to redress race and gender inequalities in South Africa. Learners and teachers have responded in their own ways to change and this nuanced analysis reveals their struggles to realise gender equality by living gender differently. In distinguishing short-term interventions to change behaviour from institutional approaches, which seek to transform school structures, this book offers a new framework for understanding gender-equality initiatives.

HIV/AIDS and Society in South AfricaHIV/AIDS and Society in South Africa edited by Angela Ndinga-Muvumba, Robyn Pharoah

We have not yet unravelled how HIV/AIDS is changing South Africa’s social fabric, despite the fact that over 5 million South Africans are living with the virus. Do we know how HIV/AIDS may affect different sectors of society, possibly altering the course set for development? Is it possible that the way in which the epidemic is being fought – through health and human rights activism – is adjusting our expectations of justice and equality? This title is a multidisciplinary overview of the discourse on HIV/AIDS and explores the concept of human security and the global development agenda. Contributions are drawn from a diverse group of academics and activists who examine how the epidemic intersects with politics, society, culture and the economy in South Africa, addressing human rights, gender inequality, prisons, the military, the education sector, rural livelihoods and the orphan crisis.

Mortal CombatMortal Combat: AIDS Denialism and the Struggle for Antiretrovirals in South Africa by Nicoli Nattrass

The AIDS pandemic and denialism is an international issue and South Africa is a flash point case study. Mortal Combat is a history of AIDS policy in South Africa. It exposes the strategy and tactics of AIDS denialists and focuses on the struggle for antiretrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and to extend the lives of people living with AIDS.

Children of AIDSChildren of AIDS: Africa’s Orphan Crisis by Emma Guest

This new, fully updated edition of Emma Guest’s acclaimed book explores how the AIDS crisis has devastated the world’s poorest continent, and shows how families, charities and governments are responding to the next wave of the crisis – millions of orphans.

Based on extensive interviews, Guest lets people tell their own stories. The result is a moving and disturbing account of the experiences of orphans, street children, grandparents, charity and social workers and foreign donors across South Africa, Zambia and Uganda.

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  • Towards Gender Equality: South African Schools during the HIV and AIDS Epidemic edited by Robert Morrell, Debbie Epstein, Elaine Unterhalter, Deevia Bhana, Relebohile Moletsane
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Launch of Religion and HIV and AIDS by Beverley Haddad at the Emaphethelweni Dominican Community

Launch invite - Religion and HIV and AIDS edited by Beverley Haddad

Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain: Charting the TerrainUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal Press cordially invites you to the launch of Religion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain by Beverley Haddad at the Emaphethelweni Dominican Community on Wednesday, 5 October.

See you there!



Event Details

  • Date: Wednesday, 05 October 2011
  • Time: 4:30 PM for 5:00 PM
  • Venue: Emaphethelweni Dominican Community
    5 Leinster Road
    Scottsville | Map
  • RSVP: brancha@ukzn.ac.za, 033 260 5255

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Introducing Religion and HIV and AIDS, edited by Beverley Haddad

Religion and HIV and AIDSReligion and HIV and AIDS: Charting the Terrain explores the interface between HIV, AIDS and religion and makes a significant contribution to a growing body of scholarship that recognises the importance of religious engagement with the reality of HIV and AIDS.

In many communities, the spiritual narrative is far more compelling than its bio-medical equivalent, making interdisciplinary collaboration crucial. The project that gave birth to this book brought together scholars from the fields of religion and theology and activists from local communities. Its content captures the collaborative character of the book and each chapter is accompanied by a practitioner response.

Existing scholarly literature was analysed and interrogated in the context of local community knowledge. The task was to understand what work has been done; and to discern what remains to be done. The book has a strong African focus with local forms of Christianity and Islam featuring prominently.

About the author

Beverley Haddad is director of the Theology and Development Programme and director of the Collaborative for HIV and AIDS, Religion and Theology at the School of Religion and Theology, University of KwaZulu-Natal. She is engaged in research in the field of gender and HIV and the response of the Christian church to the epidemic.

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