'HIV Is God's Blessing': Rehabilitating Morality in Neoliberal Russia
- Author: Jarrett Zigon
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Published: December 2010
- ISBN-10: 0520267648
- ISBN-13: 9780520267640
- Format: Paperback
- Size: 5.75 X 0.75 X 8.75
- Weight: 0.85 lbs.
- Copyright: 2011
- Subject: SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General
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This provocative study examines the role of today's Russian Orthodox Church in the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Russia has one of the fastest-growing rates of HIV infection in the world--80 percent from intravenous drug use--and the Church remains its only resource for fighting these diseases. Jarrett Zigon takes the reader into a Church-run treatment center where, along with self-transformational and religious approaches, he explores broader anthropological questions--of morality, ethics, what constitutes a "normal" life, and who defines it as such. Zigon argues that this rare Russian partnership between sacred and political power carries unintended consequences: even as the Church condemns the influence of globalization as the root of the problem it seeks to combat, its programs are cultivating citizen-subjects ready for self-governance and responsibility, and better attuned to a world the Church ultimately opposes.
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