This chapter is concerned with how global biomedical interventions are mediated by a group of AIDS activists in the rural villages of Lusikisiki District in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It focuses on how AIDS activists, as ‘true believers’ in AIDS science and medicine, seek to ‘convert’ rural villagers into acceptance of the fundamentals of AIDS science. Similar to Christian missionaries before them, AIDS activists, and health professionals, have had to resort to persuasive arguments, rhetoric and translations that resonate with or challenge local idioms and discourses on illness and healing.
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Robins, S. Mobilizing and mediating global medicine and health citizenship: the politics of AIDS knowledge production in rural South Africa. In: Globalizing Citizens: New Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion. J. Gaventa and R. Tandon (Editors). (2010) ISBN 9781848134713 (Hardback)