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dc.contributor.authorNiehaus, I-
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-23T13:25:13Z-
dc.date.available2013-
dc.date.available2015-02-23T13:25:13Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationSocial Analysis: international journal of cultural and social practice, 57(3): 25 - 41, (2013)en_US
dc.identifier.issn1558-5727-
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dc.description.abstractThis article examines the significance of witchcraft accusations during the South African AIDS epidemic. In search of broader intercontextual understanding, I compare experiences of AIDS in Bushbuck ridge, where I have done fieldwork, with anthropological studies of kuru, a transmissible degenerative disease, in Papua New Guinea. Whereas scientists blamed the spread of kuru on the practice of cannibalism, those who were affected attributed it to sorcery. These dynamics resonate with the encounters between health workers and host populations during the AIDS epidemic in Bushbuckridge. Health propaganda attributed the rapid transmission of HIV to sexual promiscuity. In response, sufferers and their kin invoked witchcraft, shifting blame onto outsiders and reinforcing the relations that medical labeling threatened to disrupt. The comparison enables us to see witchcraft accusations as a means of reconfiguring culpability, cutting certain networks, and strengthening other existing configurations.en_US
dc.format.extent25 - 41 (16)-
dc.format.extent25 - 41 (16)-
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherBerghahn Journalsen_US
dc.subjectAIDSen_US
dc.subjectCulpabilityen_US
dc.subjectEpidemicsen_US
dc.subjectkuruen_US
dc.subjectSocial networksen_US
dc.subjectWitchcraften_US
dc.subjectPapua New Guinea and South Africaen_US
dc.titleKuru, AIDS and Witchcraft: Reconfiguring culpability in Melanesia and in Africaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.3167/sa.2013.570302-
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