Prince, RJ. 2012. HIV and the Moral Economy of Survival in an East African City.
Prince, Ruth J.
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Prince, R. J. (2012). Prince, RJ. 2012. HIV and the Moral Economy of Survival in an East African City.. http://ufdc.ufl.edu/l/IR00002023 
Based on ethnography of transnational HIV interventions in East Africa, this article challenges recent work on biosociality and biopolitics within anthropology and sociology
Based on fieldwork in the city of Kisumu, Kenya, the paper examines the survival of HIV positive people on antiretroviral medicines and situates this within broader moral economies of their lives – in matters of food, hunger, social relationships and networks of care, including NGOs. Through locating survival at the level of individual adherence to medication, antiretroviral programs medicalize it. Yet their focus on the intimate relation between medicine and food also opens up spaces in which the material conditions of life can be articulated. The paper follows these spaces, from the clinic to the economy of NGO interventions and community-based groups, paying attention to how hunger and material needs are visible in some spaces and invisible in others, and to how people have learned to articulate their “needs”. In this economy, HIV identities accrue moral and economic value, as through them people become visible to the flow of funds and the distribution of goods organized by NGOs.
moral economy, HIV, hunger, biopolitics, East Africa
This work was supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Max Planck Institute of Social Anthropology, and the Smuts Fund, University of Cambridge
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