Aids And Accusation

Author : Paul Farmer
ISBN : 0520248392
Genre : Medical
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Praise for the first edition: "Farmer's sensitive exploration of the lives and deaths of the people at [the village of] Do Kay give his study a distinctly human face and an emotional edge.... The book is at the same time fiercely personal and coldly objective. The result is both moving and illuminating."-- Science "Farmer renders a richly layered and nuanced ethnographic portrait."-- Harvard Educational Review "This superbly crafted volume is dedicated to explaining and refuting a popular U.S. belief that AIDS came to the United States from Haiti. . . . Farmer has made an outstanding scholarly contribution to the 'anthropology of suffering,' the assessment of illness as perceived and experienced by a patient embedded in an interlocking fabric of culture and history."-- Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Category: Medical

Ethics In An Epidemic

Author : Timothy F. Murphy
ISBN : 0520914961
Genre : Philosophy
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AIDS strikes most heavily at those already marginalized by conventional society. With no immediate prospect of vaccination or cure, how can liberty, dignity, and reasoned hope be preserved in the shadow of an epidemic? In this humane and graceful book, philosopher Timothy Murphy offers insight into our attempts—popular and academic, American and non-American, scientific and political—to make moral sense of pain. Murphy addresses the complex moral questions raised by AIDS for health-care workers, politicians, policy makers, and even people with AIDS themselves. He ranges widely, analyzing contrasting visions of the origin and the future of the epidemic, the moral and political functions of obituaries, the uncertain value of celebrity involvement in anti-AIDS education, the functional uses of AIDS in the discourse of presidential campaigns, the exclusionary function of HIV testing for immigrants, the priority given to AIDS on the national health agenda, and the hypnotic publicity given to "innocent" victims. Murphy's discussions of the many social and political confusions about AIDS are unified by his attempt to articulate the moral assumptions framing our interpretations of the epidemic. By understanding those assumptions, we will be in a better position to resist self-serving and invidious moralizing, reckless political response, and social censure of the sick and the dying.
Category: Philosophy

Partner To The Poor

Author : Paul Farmer
ISBN : 9780520257115
Genre : Medical
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"Dr. Paul Farmer is one of the most extraordinary people I've ever known. Partner to the Poor recounts his relentless efforts to eradicate disease, humanize health care, alleviate poverty, and increase opportunity and empowerment in the developing world. It will inspire us all to do our parts."--William J. Clinton "If the world is curious about Paul Farmer, there is a reason for that. No one has done more than he has in bringing modern medicine to the poor across the globe and no one has exceeded him in making us appreciate the diverse barriers that prevent proper medicine from reaching the underdogs of the world. In this wonderful collection of essays, putting together Paul Farmer's writings over more than two decades, we can see how his far-reaching ideas have developed and radically enhanced the understanding of the challenges faced by healthcare in the uneven world in which we live. This is an altogether outstanding book."--Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate, Economics "To delve into these pages is to join one of the world's great explorers on an epic life journey--to grapple with culture, poverty, disease, health care, ethics, and ultimately our common humanity in the Age of AIDS. Paul Farmer is a pioneer, guide, and inspiration at a time of unprecedented contrasts: between wealth and poverty, power and powerlessness, health and disease, compassion and neglect. His medical expertise, anthropological vision, and unflinching decency have helped to recharge our world with moral purpose."--Jeffrey D. Sachs, Columbia University "Wow! Perfect for teaching. This is more than vintage Farmer. Editor Haun Saussy knows Farmer's work inside out and has assembled and organized 25 classic articles that project the heart of Farmer's brilliant, radical, inspiring, eminently practical and (dare I say) genuinely subversive work."--Philippe Bourgois, author of Righteous Dopefiend "If they gave Nobel Prizes for raising moral awareness, Paul Farmer would have won his a long time ago. For several decades now, his work has posed a challenge to anyone who dares say that radically improving the health of the world's poor can't be done. This splendid compilation of the best of his work allows us to follow a restless, creative, compassionate mind in action, in and out of prisons and barrios and mud huts and hospital wards, from Haiti to Rwanda to Moscow, never taking 'no' for an answer."--Adam Hochschild, author of Bury the Chains "Paul Farmer is a deep scholar of Haitian society, a formidable medical anthropologist, an implacable theorist of structural violence and health as a human right, and an ethicist for whom the place of social justice in medicine and in the world is an existential need. This book is the platform of interconnected intellectual, academic, and practical engagements upon which the amazing, world-transforming life of Farmer stands."--Arthur Kleinman, author of What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life amidst Uncertainty and Danger "This collection shows the impressive catalytic effects of original scholarship when combined with action, activism, and a commitment to social justice in health. Paul Farmer and his PIH colleagues have twice changed World Health Organization policies; they continue to have a lasting impact on the global health movement and on the lives of the poor.--Peter Brown, Emory University
Category: Medical

Plagues In World History

Author : John Aberth
ISBN : 1442207965
Genre : History
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Plagues in World History provides a concise, comparative world history of catastrophic infectious diseases, including plague, smallpox, tuberculosis, cholera, influenza, and AIDS. Geographically, these diseases have spread across the entire globe; temporally, they stretch from the sixth century to the present. John Aberth considers not only the varied impact that disease has had upon human history but also the many ways in which people have been able to influence diseases simply through their cultural attitudes toward them. The author argues that the ability of humans to alter disease, even without the modern wonders of antibiotic drugs and other medical treatments, is an even more crucial lesson to learn now that AIDS, swine flu, multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and other seemingly incurable illnesses have raged worldwide. Aberth's comparative analysis of how different societies have responded in the past to disease illuminates what cultural approaches have been and may continue to be most effective in combating the plagues of today.
Category: History

Studies In Human Sexuality

Author : Suzanne G. Frayser
ISBN : 1563081318
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The best and/or most informative nonfiction books in the English language on the subject of human sexuality are described in this comprehensive bibliography for professionals, scholars, students, and laypeople. The 1,091 informative abstracts, including nearly 500 titles new to this edition, range in length from 100 to 600 words and have been written from an impartial viewpoint to facilitate the reader's choice of materials, regardless of political or moral stance. Virtually all current, pressing sexual issues are represented-abortion, AIDS, child sex abuse, incest, rape, sexual harassment, homosexuality, pornography, prostitution, and so forth. Annotations on selected books have been arranged according to a revised version of the unique classification scheme introduced in the first edition. Systematic two-fold access to the contents of the guide is provided by a detailed table of contents and by author, title, and subject indexes. Focus of this edition is on books published since 1970, with new ma
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Internationale Perspektiven Sozialer Arbeit

Author : Leonie Wagner
ISBN : 3531164236
Genre : Social Science
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Internationale Fragestellungen und Bezüge gewinnen im Kontext der Sozialen Arbeit zunehmend an Bedeutung. In den Texten des Bandes greifen die Autorinnen und Autoren Themen und Fragen zum internationalen Wandel aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven auf: Zunächst wird ein Überblick der Dimension der Veränderungen gegeben und deren Auswirkungen auf die Soziale Arbeit dargestellt. Anhand spezieller Themen wie Menschenrechte, Armut, HIV und Migration werden diese Befunde genauer analysiert. Mit der Vorstellung von Organisationen und weiteren Möglichkeiten zur Organisationsbildung schließt dieser Überblick zum Stand der Internationalisierung in der Sozialen Arbeit, der für die 2. Auflage überarbeitet und erweitert wurde.
Category: Social Science

Lexikon Der Globalisierung

Author : Fernand Kreff
ISBN : 9783839418222
Genre : Social Science
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Die Globalisierung hat die Welt grundlegend verändert. Die radikalen Folgen dieser Revolution betreffen nicht nur abstrakte Prozesse in Wirtschaft und Politik, sondern sind konkret in unserem Alltag erlebbar. Das Lexikon der Globalisierung bereitet in mehr als 140 Einträgen die Ergebnisse der kultur- und sozialwissenschaftlichen und insbesondere der anthropologischen Globalisierungsforschung in einer verständlichen und anschaulichen Sprache nicht nur für eine wissenschaftliche Leserschaft, sondern auch für eine breite Öffentlichkeit auf. Dabei steht neben der Klärung von Begriffen und Debatten die alltägliche Erfahrung von Globalisierung im Vordergrund. Das Lexikon ist somit ein unverzichtbarer Wegweiser in der Unübersichtlichkeit der Globalisierung und ihren Kämpfen und Debatten. Mit Beiträgen u.a. von Arjun Appadurai, Ulrich Beck, Jean und John L. Comaroff, Ulf Hannerz, Helga Nowotny, Aihwa Ong und Shalini Randeria.
Category: Social Science

Krankheit Und Ehre

Author : Noemi Steuer
ISBN : 9783839421260
Genre : Social Science
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In Mali hat sich die Situation von Menschen, die von HIV/AIDS betroffen sind, dank neuer Behandlungsmöglichkeiten grundlegend verändert: Aus der bisher tödlichen Krankheit ist eine chronische geworden - und zudem eine, die unsichtbar bleibt. Trotzdem ist die Diagnose mit hohen sozialen Risiken verbunden, mit der Gefahr der Stigmatisierung und damit des sozialen Ausschlusses. Noemi Steuer hat in Bamako mit HIV-positiven Menschen über mehrere Jahre wiederholt gesprochen und sie begleitet. Sie zeigt, wie die Betroffenen mit dem Geheimnis ihrer Diagnose leben, wie ihr Denken und Handeln von den Bemühungen geprägt sind, den guten Namen und damit die soziale Anerkennung zu bewahren. Im Zentrum stehen dabei unterschiedliche Aktionsfelder sozialer Resilienz. Durch die Verknüpfung von Bourdieus Konzept des symbolischen Kapitals mit Goffmans dramaturgischem Ansatz gelingt es, entscheidende Facetten sozialer Gesundheit aufzuzeigen und vertiefte Einblicke in die lokalen Bedingungen von Ehre und Respekt zu vermitteln.
Category: Social Science