Globalizing Aids (Theory Out Of Bounds) by Cindy Patton

By Cindy Patton

As AIDS began appearing round the "global village" within the early Nineteen Eighties, the closeness introduced by way of new applied sciences not promised wondrous cultural alternate; as a substitute it made attainable the transmission of a daunting new form of sickness. overseas medical associations and information corporations quick built a "place" for AIDS within the international imaginary: from the center of Africa and homosexual bathhouses in San Francisco to the again streets of Southeast Asia and poverty-stricken neighborhoods within the usa. Such simplistic money owed helped recycle racist principles approximately Africans and Asians, intensified homophobic visions of irresponsible homosexual sexuality, and overlooked the clinical and human fact of neighborhood studies of the epidemic. In Globalizing AIDS, pioneering cultural critic Cindy Patton seems on the advanced interplay among smooth technology, media assurance, and native activism through the first decade of the epidemic. Patton's critique of either the creation of medical credibility and the implementation of public overall healthiness coverage on the neighborhood point bargains a daring reevaluation of the way we expect approximately AIDS and an cutting edge strategy to procedure the truth of the affliction. Cindy Patton is a Winship wonderful Researcher at Emory college. She is the writer of deadly recommendation (1996) and Inventing AIDS (1990).

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6 In short, I am trying, along with Critical Bodies - 7 other critics and analysts of the construction of scientific and popular knowledge, to edge my way out of a modernist way of thinking that erroneously splits the ideal and the material, that conceives of science as the incremental uncovering of a world about which we will ultimately have perfect knowledge. Of course, most scientists working in physics—the ur-science—believe that the world is a flux of accidents and possibilities and that the present is the result of only one trajectory among them.

Of course, most scientists working in physics—the ur-science—believe that the world is a flux of accidents and possibilities and that the present is the result of only one trajectory among them. But the rest of us cling to the notion that there is something fixed, and that this “reality” lies outside of our social and political— including politicoscientific—processes. The early naming of AIDS will help clarify the position I take with respect to science. By raising questions about the political foreclosure—even despite scientific criticism of the category “AIDS”—that the event of naming effected, I hope to honor those who lost their lives before we had a way to place them in the Story of AIDS.

But I must honor that time when specific bodies, known as numbers to epidemiologists, by name to those of us acquainted with them, were wronged in a way that could not and still cannot be easily expressed. If we forget those bodies, we will never understand what we are hearing behind the poignant utterances of their successors today. If I sound nostalgic—as I have sometimes been accused—it is because I can only stutter the unspeakable memory of a time with no history. The fragment I write here, anamnesis, is my only possible homage to a time, like the times of revolutionaries struggling under martial law or other more obvious forms of state oppression, in which the lessons of only a year or two are lost because the people who committed their bodies to those politics are dead.

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