By Ann Swidler,Susan Cotts Watkins

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

In the wake of the AIDS pandemic, legions of agencies and compassionate contributors descended on Africa from far flung locations to provide their support and shop 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 aid, 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 strong 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' desires and the realities of worldwide 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, sadness, 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 finally argue that altruists may perhaps accomplish extra reliable, now not by way of trying to remodel African lives yet by means of assisting Africans in attaining their very own goals. A Fraught include unveils the tangled family of these fascinated about the collective fight to include an epidemic.

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