A Fraught Embrace (häftad)
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Princeton University Press
Lamont, Michele (series ed.)/DiMaggio, Paul (series ed.)/Wuthnow, Robert (series ed.)/Zelizer, Viviana (series ed.)/Lamont, Michele (series ed.)/DiMaggio, Paul (series ed.)/Wuthnow, Robert (series ed.)/Zelizer, Viviana (series ed.)/Lamont, Michele (series ed.)/DiMaggio, Paul (series ed.)/Wuthnow, Ro
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A Fraught Embrace (häftad)

A Fraught Embrace

The Romance and Reality of AIDS Altruism in Africa

Häftad Engelska, 2018-12-04
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In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of organizations and compassionate individuals from faraway places descended on Africa to offer help and save lives. Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins vividly describe the often mismatched expectations and fantasies of altruists who dream of transforming lives, of the villagers who desperately seek help, and of the brokers on whom both Western altruists and impoverished villagers must rely. Based on years of fieldwork in the heavily AIDS-affected country of Malawi, this incisive, irreverent book digs into the sprawling AIDS enterprise and unravels the paradoxes of policy and practice. All who want to do good-from idealistic volunteers to world-weary development professionals-depend on brokers as guides, fixers, and cultural translators. The mutual misunderstandings among these players create all the drama of a romance: longing, exhilaration, disappointment, heartache, and sometimes an enduring connection. A Fraught Embrace unveils the tangled relations of those involved in the collective struggle to contain an epidemic.
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"One of Foreign Affairs Best of Books 2017 - Africa / Malawi" "Winner of the 2018 Best Scholarly Book Award, Global and Transnational Section of the American Sociological Association" "Honorable Mention for the 2018 Outstanding Published Book Award, Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association" "Finalist for the 2018 Melville J. Herskovits Prize, African Studies Association" "A Fraught Embrace is both an important piece of transnational public sociology and one of the most important works in cultural sociology to have been published in a long while."---Iddo Tavory, European Journal of Sociology "Few books can claim to address a social problem involving billions of dollars with millions of lives hanging in the balance, but Swidler and Watkins's A Fraught Embrace does just that. Dissecting the role of foreign altruists and local brokers in aid efforts to stem the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa generally, and Malawi more specifically, this book makes a compelling sociological contribution to the study of foreign aid-a field of research more often reserved for economists and international development studies scholars."---Liam Swiss, American Journal of Sociology

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Ann Swidler is Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. Susan Cotts Watkins is Professor Emerita of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles.