Anglo American media representations, traditional medicine, and HIV/AIDS in South Africa: from muti killings to garlic cures

Bishop, Kristina
August 2012
GeoJournal;Aug2012, Vol. 77 Issue 4, p571
Academic Journal
Before 2000 limited media coverage of medicine in South Africa existed, yet much of what did exist centered primarily on traditional healing practices. It was not until the introduction of HIV/AIDS that traditional medicine was seen as having some potential value to the population, but only so far as the ability of traditional healers to direct patients to biomedical treatment. This article examines how the contemporary western media portrays medicine in South Africa and how the introduction of HIV/AIDS as a major news story has shifted the depiction of western and traditional medical treatment. Insights from these questions are examined in light of the colonial context of South Africa's political struggle over medicine.


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