Infected kin: orphan care and AIDS in Lesotho

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In our recently published book, Infected Kin, we argue that AIDS is fundamentally a kinship disease, examining the ways it transcends infected individuals and seeps into kin relations and networks of care. While much AIDS scholarship has turned away from the difficult daily realities of those affected by the disease, our book uses both ethnographic scholarship and creative nonfiction to bring to life the joys and struggles of the Basotho people at the heart of the AIDS pandemic. This talk discusses the research at the heart of this book, and the process of collaboration between an anthropologist and a creative nonfiction writer.