Ethnography, art, and death

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A problem facing anthropologists, given the centrality of memory and imagination to all social life, is how to access memory and the imaginary when there is no independent access to consciousness. Moreover, the discipline has 'largely failed to distinguish itself' in response to understanding HIV/AIDS (Annual Review of Anthropology 30, 2001: 163). In response to these observations I would argue that orthodox approaches are limited and we need to create new forms of collaborative research and representation with regard to understanding experiences of illness. Accordingly this article attempts to bring to life the interior dialogue of persons living with HIV/AIDS through performance by 'mapping' the city of Kampala through its emotions and memories rather than buildings and streets. © Royal Anthropological Institute 2007.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-208
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


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