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Ebola and Accusation

Gender and Stigma in Sierra Leone’s Ebola Response

Olive Melissa Minor

research process, this study identified stigma and blame as key factors in the ongoing outbreak. Stigma and blame operated at multiple levels of the Ebola response – from government quarantine policies to community by-laws, to everyday social interactions

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Perverse Economies of Intimate and Personal Labour

Resuming Domestic Work in Households after the Lockdown

Pooja Satyogi

notions of social stigma, intensifying, in the process, already existing forms of exclusions in households. This takes place by both drawing on domestic workers’ labour to disinfect the household, but with a simultaneous rendering of their bodies as

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The Stigma of Emotions

Mary Wollstonecraft's Travel Writing

Lila Harper

Mary Wollstonecraft, the first writer to establish a coherent feminist assessment of her society’s treatment of women, in effect started the feminist movement as we know it today. Her Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) was a landmark proclamation of women’s political/social rights.1 Less well known, however, is her Letters Written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark, an account of her 1795 travels in Scandinavia and an important text for understanding the situation of later nineteenth-century women travel writers.2 This book, Wollstonecraft’s last work before her untimely death, is a complex text. Here, Wollstonecraft tries to come to terms with her personal despair while securing her intellectual reputation. Additionally, this work established the travel genre as a form women could use to present themselves authoritatively in a narration and within a vocation. In essence, Wollstonecraft’s writing offered an invitation for women to participate in a narration of exploration, one very different from the traditional narration that required that the woman hold a fixed position and wait for experience to come to her. Instead, as Mary Morris indicates in her collection of women’s travels, Maiden Voyages: Writings of Women Travelers, travel narratives allow a woman to ‘be the stranger who comes to town’ (1993: xxii). At the same time, the public interpretation of Wollstonecraft’s life, an unusually public life for her time, provided warning signs for later women of the boundaries for behaviour which they could not ignore if they wished to maintain a level of social acceptance. As a result, Wollstonecraft’s own reception and reputation, the narration which others made of her life, delineated and established the boundaries of nineteenth-century women’s discourse.

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Edwin Cameron

Judge Edwin Cameron (South African Supreme Court of Appeal) makes a plea for a radical change of approach and of formal health policy in relation to HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Cameron delivered this lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal Forum on 4 May 2006 as part of the Ronald Louw Memorial Campaign, 'Get Tested, Get Treated'. Ronald Louw was a Professor of Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an AIDS treatment activist and co-founder of the Durban Gay and Lesbian Community Centre. He died of AIDS in 2005. Cameron, who was appointed by Nelson Mandela to the high court in 1994, is a high profile AIDS activist and gay rights advocate. He has written about the experience of his decision to make public his own HIV positive status in the book, Witness to AIDS (Tafelberg).

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Girls in Transition

Negotiating, Constructing and Re-constructing Girlhood after the “Fall” in Rural Kenya

Christine Oduor-Ombaka

This article discusses problems of childbearing as experienced in rural Kenya by girls in their adolescence—a powerfully formative time of transition to adulthood. Findings reveal that girls face unique challenges and harsh choices when they are faced with pre-marital pregnancy such as emotional violence and abuse, early marriage, expulsion from school, unsafe abortion and poverty. Many Kenyans are calling on the government and communities to put into place policies and programs necessary for empowering girls with enough information to make a healthy and safe transition to adulthood.

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Katherine Smith


The article is situated ethnographically in households on the main social housing estate in Harpurhey, North Manchester, England. It explores the affective dynamics of motherhood and imaginations of the future with a backdrop of prolonged government disinvestment. We follow the experiences of a mother and her son as they deal with moments of uncertainty and attempt to imagine and prepare for his future free from dependence on state welfare. Considering that parenting marks time in the most intimate of ways and it confronts parents with the passing of time in terms of biological “growth” that sequences time for us, this article addresses how and at what points dependence on the state, over time, reconfigures the affective dynamics of motherhood and imaginations of familial dependencies into the future.

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‘Atomic Bombs’ in Monrovia, Liberia

The Identity and Stigmatisation of Ebola Survivors

Emilie Venables

trauma, stigma and discrimination as those who had been infected, and should have access to the same support and benefits as them. People on the ‘outside’ who had never seen the inside of an EMC also made little distinction between people who had tested

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‘Abd al-Raḥīm Kamāl’s Dahsha

An Upper Egyptian Lear

Noha Mohamad Mohamad Ibraheem

This article argues that Kamāl’s series performs a subtle intervention in several pivotal cultural and socio-political issues affecting Egyptian society, including widespread and grinding poverty, the marginalization of women, the stigma attached to

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Andrew Sanchez

( Millar 2014: 35 ; Muehlebach 2013 ). However, despite the difficult conditions of the labor and the social stigma attached to it, Lohar employees express satisfaction with the work process itself—a process that, to the untrained eye, seems to consist

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Through Our Eyes

Using Photovoice to Address Stigma in the Age of AIDS

Learning Together Project

Learning Together Project

Th e photographs in this essay were taken by grade eight and nine girls in one rural school in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in response to the question: What is the face of stigma in our community in the context of HIV and Aids? Th e girls used inexpensive point-and-shoot cameras to document the issues on location at their school, staging scenes that tell critical stories of the impact of stigma on the community. Once they had taken the photographs they developed captions which speak to the issues that they were working to represent. Some wrote in isiZulu while others chose to write in English. Th e isiZulu captions were translated into English. The images in this photovoice project help to identify, understand and interpret incidents related to stigma and discrimination against people living with, and aff ected by, HIV and AIDS.