Title

Epidemic imaginary : performing global figurations of "Third World AIDS"

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Space and Culture

Publication Date

11-1-2006

Volume

9

Issue

4

First Page

429

Last Page

452

Keywords

Mediascape, Mobile figurations, Postnationalism, Thailand, Third World AIDS

Abstract

This article is a narrative experiment written in the hope of illuminating "Third World AIDS" less as a geographically situated pandemic than as dispersed and dispersing encounters of mobile figurations. Using HIV/AIDS in Thailand as a case, the author argues that to move beyond the dominant understanding of "Third World AIDS" today - influenced mainly by epidemiology and anthropology - we need to attend to a mobile mediascape that manages to bypass the medicoethnographic sphere to invest in discursive encounters, awaiting framing and materialization. As such, this article posits the performative movement of figurative imagination as an alternative materiality, one that engages with the "diseased other" ethically and postnationally. While AIDS rages on in the 21st century, the narrative/figurative encounters staged in this article continue to present an uneasy picture about nation, gender, (queer) sex, activism, and power.

DOI

10.1177/1206331206292448

Print ISSN

12063312

E-ISSN

15528308

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Recommended Citation

Erni, J. N. (2006). Epidemic imaginary: Performing global figurations of "Third World AIDS". Space and Culture, 9(4), 429-452. doi: 10.1177/1206331206292448