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“Little by little”: Dealing with HIV/AIDS in Ekwendeni, northern Malawi
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis deals with everyday life and HIV/AIDS in Ekwendeni, a ruraltownship in northern Malawi. The region is rich in agrarian character,though efforts to satisfy daily needs at its wide and hilly plains echo toilfarming labour on depleted soils and increasing dependency on day-by-dayincomes. The thesis draws on three months of fieldwork within this setting,a lush and picturesque locality which is demanding to the hardworkingdwellers who live here. Analytically, it examines processes wherebyEkwendenians living with HIV/AIDS navigate rural Malawian society inthe search for health, wellbeing and subsistence as well as circumstancesthat shape their endeavours. Aspects and paradoxes of health seeking,cultivation and petty-trade are analysed through a framework thatconceptualises agency deployment amidst structural constraint, mergingethnographic accounts of quests for food and wellness with discussions ofstigma, gender and social relations. The thesis shows that Ekwendeniansliving with HIV/AIDS form life trajectories within environments that entailhardships and opportunities, a maze of unpredictable living premises whichmay make just as well as break individual prospects of a decent lifetrajectory. Furthermore, the thesis demonstrates that historical depth is vitalin order to understand the range of constraint and possibility thatEkwendenians experience and negotiate in the daily face of poverty andHIV/AIDS.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 152 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 35
Keyword [en]
Malawi, HIV/AIDS, health seeking, subsistence, livelihoods, inequality, structural violence, navigation
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-210007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-210007DiVA: diva2:660395
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-11-29 Created: 2013-10-29 Last updated: 2013-11-29Bibliographically approved

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