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 booklet, she recounts her adventure between this rural inhabitants who lived below the shadow of HIV/AIDS. Spanning a interval that starts off prior to antiretrovirals have been on hand to a time while those remedies have been eventually used to deal with the sick, this robust account of a poor affliction and the groups which it impacts makes a speciality of the binds among discomfort and kinship in South Africa.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]
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The word Sibongile used in isiZulu to refer to the fact that she did not find him offensive is a powerful one, ukunyanya. Ukunyanya connotes disgust or loathing and suggests uncontrollable and visceral responses to areas of life. Nkosinathi’s response to Sibongile delicately negotiating the use of gloves to bathe him was that he had been relieved of a great burden. He had been conscious of his own potential to ‘infect’ her. To return to the story of Nkosinathi, his plea for a sister’s touch, a particular sister who continued her loving relationship with him in spite of the extreme changes in his body and the social, moral and physical pollutions attributed to his illness, underscored the way in which his experience traced the increasing discomfort of bodily disintegration, and a concomitant isolation, not only due to bodily processes, but to frightening social exclusions.
Due to mounting TAC mobilization, pressure from the trade unions in South Africa and a cabinet revolt in October 2003, the health minister was forced to formulate a plan for the state rollout of antiretroviral treatment. However, because of the generally slow pace of the rollout, by the end of 2005, fewer than a quarter of those who needed antiretroviral therapies were receiving them (Nattrass ibid: 5). 17 In relation to my own ethnography, it is important to recall that antiretroviral rollout through the local state hospital in Okhahlamba only began in March 2005.
It was also a way of openly sharing with her that he knew he was to die. The significance of touch Reflecting on Nkosinathi’s story, it is important to acknowledge the complexities of touch in the context of AIDS. 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.
AIDS, Intimacy and Care in Rural KwaZulu-Natal: A Kinship of Bones by Patricia C. Henderson