Social Sensations of Symptoms: Embodied Socialities of HIV and Trauma in Uganda

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The interpretation of sensations and the recognition of symptoms of a sickness, as well as the movement to seek treatment, have long been recognized in medical anthropology as inherently social processes. Based on cases of HIV and trauma (PTSD) in Uganda, we show that even the first signs and sensations of sickness can be radically social. The sensing body can be a ‘social body’ – a family, a couple, a network – a unit that transcends the individual body. In this article we focus on four aspects of the sociality of sensations and symptoms: mode of transmission; the shared experience of sensations/symptoms; differential recognition of symptoms; and the embodied sociality of treatment.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAnthropology in Action
Volume24
Issue1
Pages (from-to)20-26
Number of pages7
ISSN0967-201X
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Publication statusPublished - 2017

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