The Unseen Things

The Unseen Things : Women, Secrecy, and HIV in Northern Nigeria

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What do HIV-positive women in Nigeria face as they seek meaningful lives with a deeply discrediting disease? Kathryn A. Rhine uncovers the skillful ways women defuse concerns about their wellbeing and the ability to maintain their households. Rhine shows how this ethic of concealment involves masking their diagnosis, unfaithful husbands, and unsupportive families while displaying their beauty, generosity, and vitality. As Rhine observes, collusion with counselors and support group leaders to deflect stigma, secure respectability, and find love features prominently in the lives of ordinary women who hope for a brighter future as the HIV epidemic continues to more

Product details

  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 16mm | 449g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253021316
  • 9780253021311

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Rhine's exceptionally clear writing and sensitivity to her interlocutors' views of themselves, their own actions, and their world lend themselves to a text that can readily serve as a gateway for the discipline. Readers more familiar with Rhine's objects of study, on the other hand, will find she provides a more nuanced and sustained engagement with the key elements of her argument and relevant anthropological literature in the notes. * American Anthropologist * This book is highly recommended to help understand the cultural, economic, social, and religious factors that interfere with the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS globally. * Choice *show more

About Kathryn A. Rhine

Kathryn A. Rhine is a medical anthropologist and associate professor at the University of Kansas. She is editor (with John M. Janzen, Glenn Adams and Heather Aldersey) of Medical Anthropology in Global Africa and her work has appeared in Anthropological Quarterly, Africa Today, and more

Table of contents

Introduction: Things Unseen 1. First Loves 2. Twice Married 3. Dilemmas of Disclosure 4. Intimate Ethics 5. Hope Conclusion: Evidence and Substance Notes BibliographyIndexshow more

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