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HIV Exceptionalism – Development through Disease in Sierra Leone - Minnesota Scholarship Online
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HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone

Adia Benton


In 2002, Sierra Leone emerged from a decade long civil war. Seeking international attention and development aid, its government faced a dilemma. Though devastated by conflict, Sierra Leone had a low prevalence of HIV. However, like most African countries, it stood to benefit from a large influx of foreign funds specifically targeted at HIV/AIDS prevention and care. What Adia Benton chronicles in this ethnographically rich and often moving book is how one war-ravaged nation reoriented itself as a country suffering from HIV at the expense of other, more pressing health concerns. During her field ... More

Keywords: Global health, HIV/AIDS, Gender, Sierra Leone, Post-conflict development, Exceptionalism, Anthropology, Ethnography of aid

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780816692422
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816692422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adia Benton, author

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