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By Ann Swidler,Susan Cotts Watkins

ISBN-10: 0691173923

ISBN-13: 9780691173924

The advanced relationships among altruists, beneficiaries, and agents within the worldwide attempt to struggle AIDS in Africa

In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of companies and compassionate participants descended on Africa from remote locations to supply their support and keep lives. A Fraught Embrace exhibits how the desires of those altruists grew to become entangled with complicated institutional and human relationships. Ann Swidler and Susan Cotts Watkins vividly describe the customarily mismatched expectancies and fantasies of these who search to assist, of the villagers who desperately search support, and of the agents on whom either Western altruists and impoverished villagers needs to rely.

Based on years of fieldwork within the seriously AIDS-affected kingdom of Malawi, this strong booklet digs into the sprawling AIDS company and unravels the paradoxes of AIDS coverage and perform. All who are looking to do good—from idealistic volunteers to world-weary improvement professionals—depend on agents as publications, fixers, and cultural translators. those irreplaceable yet usually unseen neighborhood middlemen are the human connection among altruists' goals and the realities of world philanthropy.

The mutual misunderstandings between donors, agents, and villagers—each with their very own wants and ethical imaginations—create all of the drama of a romance: longing, pleasure, unhappiness, heartache, and infrequently an everlasting connection. own tales, public scandals, and intersecting, occasionally clashing fantasies deliver the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly right down to earth.

Swidler and Watkins finally argue that altruists may accomplish extra stable, now not via trying to remodel African lives yet by way of assisting Africans in attaining their very own goals. A Fraught include unveils the tangled family of these concerned about the collective fight to comprise an epidemic.

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