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By Ann Swidler,Susan Cotts Watkins

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

In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of agencies and compassionate participants descended on Africa from far flung areas to supply their aid and retailer lives. A Fraught Embrace indicates how the desires of those altruists grew to become entangled with advanced 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 nation of Malawi, this robust e-book 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 often 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 wishes and ethical imaginations—create the entire drama of a romance: longing, pleasure, unhappiness, heartache, and infrequently an everlasting connection. own tales, public scandals, and intersecting, occasionally clashing fantasies carry the lofty intentions of AIDS altruism firmly right down to earth.

Swidler and Watkins eventually argue that altruists may possibly accomplish extra reliable, now not by way of looking to remodel African lives yet by way of assisting Africans in achieving their very own goals. A Fraught embody unveils the tangled relatives of these keen on the collective fight to include an epidemic.

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