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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Contours of matriarchy in care for people living with AIDS

Contours of matriarchy in care for people living with AIDS

(p.139) Eleven Contours of matriarchy in care for people living with AIDS
Ethics of Care

Anke Niehof

Policy Press

In sub-Saharan Africa, women are the pivotal actors in caring for people living with AIDS. Recent research reveals a picture of a matriarchy of care, where women are not only the primary caregivers but also decide on and control the care arrangements. In sub-Saharan Africa, care for people living with AIDS is not contained in the private sphere and is much more than women’s morality understood as a parochial concern of women. In the context of HIV and AIDS, it becomes a critical factor in social change and it challenges the traditional patriarchal social order.

Keywords:   sub saharan Africa, aids, care, women’s morality, social change

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