Debility And Moral Imagination in Botswana: Disability, by Julie Livingston

By Julie Livingston

Within the rush to improvement in Botswana, and Africa extra often, adjustments in paintings, nutrition, and therapy have ended in escalating studies of persistent disease, debilitating affliction, and twist of fate. Debility and the ethical mind's eye in Botswana files how variations wrought by means of colonialism, independence, industrialization, and improvement have effected adjustments in physically lifestyles and perceptions of well-being, disorder, and debility. during this intimate and robust ebook, Julie Livingston explores the lives of debilitated people, their caregivers, the scientific and social networks of being concerned, and strategies that groups have followed for selling wellbeing and fitness. Livingston strains how Tswana clinical idea and perform became intertwined with Western bio-medical principles and methods. by way of focusing on studies and meanings of disorder and physically misfortune, Livingston sheds gentle at the complexities of the present HIV/AIDS epidemic and areas it in context with a lengthy and complicated background of impairment and debility. This publication offers sensible and considerate responses to actual misfortune and gives an figuring out of the complicated dynamic among social swap and pain.

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At the same time, their nursing responsibilities increased amid a rising tide of debility. As we will see in Chapters 4 and 5, many women experienced tensions between medical diagnoses that pathologized female sexuality and their public responsibilities as women to nurse debilitated husbands, children, and parents. Mother-daughter struggles over resources resulted in older women’s critiques of their daughters’ womanhood as manifested in the key practices of mothering and nursing. 42 Since people make sense of and try to manage health in multiple domains, I do not focus on “traditional” medicine, colonial medicine, public health, or lay nursing care per se.

19 This seems to be a clear case of reporting error, in part arising from dif¤culties with translation from English to Setswana. Oral sources suggest that blindness in the elderly is 36 Debility and the Moral Imagination in Botswana not considered to be a disability, while in the young it is. Therefore, blindness that develops late in life, for example from cataracts, might never be brought to the attention of Ministry of Health rehabilitation staff, who inquire only about people who are disabled in a given community.

Beginning in the 1930s, churches became an important source of supplemental social support. Though churches usually lacked the capital to contribute ¤nancially to their debilitated congregants, they did provide a perpetual check against the often socially isolating life of debility. Church members Family Matters and Money Matters 35 would regularly come and pray and dance for bedridden patients, thus helping patient maintain a foothold in the community. For those in dire straits, church groups might also provide labor to the incapacitated.

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