By Cindy Patton
As AIDS started to appear round the "global village" within the early Eighties, the closeness introduced by way of new applied sciences now not promised wondrous cultural alternate; in its place it made attainable the transmission of a daunting new type of sickness. foreign medical associations and information firms fast developed a "place" for AIDS within the worldwide imaginary: from the guts of Africa and homosexual bathhouses in San Francisco to the again streets of Southeast Asia and poverty-stricken neighborhoods within the usa. Such simplistic money owed helped recycle racist principles approximately Africans and Asians, intensified homophobic visions of irresponsible homosexual sexuality, and missed the medical and human fact of neighborhood studies of the epidemic. In Globalizing AIDS, pioneering cultural critic Cindy Patton seems on the complicated interplay among glossy technological know-how, media assurance, and native activism through the first decade of the epidemic. Patton's critique of either the construction of clinical credibility and the implementation of public well-being coverage on the neighborhood point bargains a daring reevaluation of the way we predict approximately AIDS and an leading edge solution to strategy the truth of the disorder. Cindy Patton is a Winship distinct Researcher at Emory collage. She is the writer of deadly suggestion (1996) and Inventing AIDS (1990).
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But local residents of these places know about Critical Bodies - 25 ACT UP and Queer Nation and are intrigued by these new, fractious politics and excited to find their own way to expose the contingency of the nation, established or emergent. To the extent that they were also post- or anticolonialist, postpositivist theories of society and of social change were often more appealing to local activists than were traditional liberal modernist or Marxist approaches, which bore a legacy of imperialism.
They used facts and figures to bolster a moral argument. But they did not state the number of cases or the price of drugs, explain the economics of profit or the statistical problems in AZT trials, in order to—or not only in order to—correct the media. ACT UP demonstrated that ordinary people could understand the relevant science and demanded the acceptance of the moral truth juxtaposed to the numbers in the exquisite artistry of their posters and theatrical political actions. ACT UP went beyond McLuhan’s proclamation that “the medium is the message,” beyond even Jean Baudrillard’s claim that the map precedes the territory.
Tro p i c a l a n d Ep i de m i ol o g i c a l T ho ugh t At the risk of historical oversimplification, I want to detail two thoughtstyles that reflect the scientific concerns of Europe and the United States at the time of nineteenthand early-twentieth-century urbanization and colonial expansion. Tropical thinking was concerned with the problems Europeans and Americans encountered in their distant occupations, reflecting both the reality and the fantasy of the colony. Tropical thinking was crucial to the development of certain modern concepts of disease; as Bruno Latour (1988) has shown, the displacement of the scientific laboratory from the academy to the field was crucial to the discovery of etiologic agents, in part because it enabled researchers to study diseases across a wide range of From Colonial Medicine to World Health - 35 cases—a population—and in action.
Globalizing Aids (Theory Out Of Bounds) by Cindy Patton