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By Ann Swidler,Susan Cotts Watkins

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 corporations and compassionate contributors descended on Africa from remote areas to provide their aid and store lives. A Fraught Embrace indicates how the goals 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 aid, 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 robust booklet digs into the sprawling AIDS firm 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 worldwide 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, excitement, sadness, heartache, and infrequently an everlasting connection. own tales, public scandals, and intersecting, occasionally clashing fantasies convey the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly all the way down to earth.

Swidler and Watkins eventually argue that altruists might accomplish extra reliable, no longer by way of trying to remodel African lives yet by way of assisting Africans in attaining their very own goals. A Fraught embody unveils the tangled relatives of these fascinated with the collective fight to comprise an epidemic.

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