“Whose Science?”: AIDS, History, and Public Knowledge in South Africa

Patrick Martin-Tuite

Abstract


The first empirical chapter of the thesis (“Whose science?”: AIDS, History, and Public Knowledge in South Africa) provides an historical examination of the relationship between lay citizens and ‘western’ science in South Africa, from the colonial through the post-apartheid era. More explicitly, this chapter seeks to understand the historical spread of scientific knowledge production in South Africa and how this impacts the present. Considering how science and politics have interacted in the past fifteen years, especially during the AIDS ‘denialism’ controversy under President Mbeki, this chapter represents a preliminary effort to contextualize the AIDS struggle within the complex, historically-rooted relationship between South African citizens and western science.

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