Authors Archives: Ruth Prince

HIV and the Moral Economy of Survival in an East African City

Abstract Based on fieldwork in the city of Kisumu, Kenya, the article examines the survival of HIV-positive people on antiretroviral (ARV) medicines and situates this within broader moral economies of their lives—in matters of food, hunger, social relationships, and networks of care, including NGOs. Through locating survival at the level of individual adherence to medication, […]

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What Is Life Worth? Exploring Biomedical Interventions, Survival, and the Politics of Life

Abstract Recent debates about technologies of “life”—medical technologies, such as genomics, pharmaceutical innovations, and reproductive technologies—raise questions about what it means to be human, and our relationship with biomedicine. The articles in this special focus section of Medical Anthropology Quarterly are focused around the “value of life”—be it the economies shaped by biomedical interventions, the […]

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