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Seminar Series: Daniel J. Smith, Department of Anthropology, Brown University

Morality and Behavior During Nigeria's AIDS Epidemic
When Dec 08, 2014
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
Attendees Robin Bloodworth
Brooke Bocast
Monica Das Gupta
Laurie DeRose
Bill Haddon
Jeraeat Hye
Jonathan Jackson
Amelia Jamison
Theresa Kirn
Zhiyong Lin
Jean McGloin
Tyler Myroniuk
Stan Presser
Becca Quick
Zach Rowan
Elizabeth Sully
Reeve Vanneman
Kriti Vikram
Po Yin Wong
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About the Talk

Professor Smith’s talk draws on his recent book, AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2014), which analyzes popular responses to the AIDS epidemic as a vehicle to understand wider social phenomena. Specifically, the talk will examine how moralistic interpretations of AIDS in Nigeria have had behavioral consequences that inhibit the efficacy of prevention and treatment interventions.

About the Speaker

Daniel Smith

Daniel Jordan Smith is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. Broadly, Smith's research focuses on understanding social reproduction, particularly as it unfolds in population processes and health-related behavior. His first book, A Culture of Corruption: Everyday Deception and Popular Discontent in Nigeria (Princeton University Press, 2007), for which he received the 2008 Margaret Mead Award, examines ordinary Nigerians' participation in corruption, even as they are its main victims and its loudest critics. His second book, a co-authored volume, The Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009), presents comparative findings from a five-country study of gender and HIV risk. His new book project focuses on masculinity in Nigeria, exploring the intertwining dynamics of money and intimacy, as gender sits at the center of complex social transformations. From 2006-2011, he served as Associate Director of the Population Studies and Training Center at Brown.

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