AIDS, Place, and the Embodiment of Racism

  • Adam M. Geary


In her critique of race in the biomedical reductionism of AIDS sciences, medical anthropologist Wende Elizabeth Marshall argues, “The discourses of bio- and socio-pathology that link African diasporic communities around the globe, often seamlessly articulate with structural locations, producing a coherent narrative in which social and moral positions justify and substantiate one another.” 1 I take this statement to indicate that discourses of pathology and geography in dominant AIDS knowledges function ideologically in a “coherent narrative” to obfuscate the material structuring of vulnerability to disease and illness in concrete locations. Race—the discourse of bio- and socio-pathology—naturalizes the structuring of relations of inequality and domination that produce the conditions of disease vulnerability and their embodiment. Which is simply to say, race, as a discourse, naturalizes and normalizes the effects of racial formation. 2


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