I gave my child life but i also gave her death

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Abstract

The capacity for a complex inner life-encompassing inner speech, imaginative reverie and unarticulated moods-is an essential feature of living with illness and a principal means through which people interpret, understand and manage their condition. Nevertheless, as Nigel Rapport has pointed out in a recent edition of The Australian Journal of Anthropology (2008: 19 (3)), interiority largely remains a 'terra-incognita' for social science, while anthropology lacks a generally accepted theory or methodological framework for understanding how interiority relates to people's public actions and expressions. Moreover, as conventional social-scientific methods are often too static to understand the fluidity of perception among people living with illness or bodily instability, I argue we need to develop new, practical approaches to knowing. By placing the problem of interiority directly into the field and turning it into an ethnographic, practice-based question to be addressed through fieldwork in collaboration with informants, this article works alongside women living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda with the aim of capturing the unvoiced but sometimes radical changes in being, belief and perception that accompany terminal illness. © 2011 Australian Anthropological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-350
Number of pages18
JournalThe Australian Journal of Anthropology
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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