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  • ISBN: 9780226748863
  • ISBN10: 0226748863

A Plague of Paradoxes AIDS, Culture, and Demography in Northern Tanzania

by Philip Setel

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
  • Publish date: 12/01/1999
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Since recording its first AIDS cases in 1983, Tanzania has reported nearly 90,000 more to the World Health Organization -- more than any other country in Africa. As AIDS spread, the devastating syndrome came to be known simply as ugonjwa huo: "that disease."

The AIDS epidemic has forced Africans to reflect upon the meaning of traditional ideas and practices related to sexuality and fertility, and upon modernity and biomedicine. In A Plague of Paradoxes, anthropologist Philip Setel observes Tanzania's Chagga people and their attempts to cope with and understand AIDS -- the latest in a series of crises over which they feel they have little, if any, control.

Timely and well-researched, A Plague of Paradoxes is an extended case study of the most serious epidemic of the twentieth century and the cultural circumstances from which it emerged. It is a unique book that brings together anthropology, demography, and epidemiology to explain how a particular community in Africa experiences AIDs.

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