- Subject index
Borders, Histories, Existences: Gender and Beyond contends that borders are, by definition, lines of inclusion and exclusion established by the state. It analyses how states construct borders and try to make them static and rigid and how bordered existences, such as women, migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, destabilise the rigid constructs. It explores the political conditions that have made borders problematic in post-colonial South Asia and how these borders have become regions of extreme control or violence.
Chapter 6: Mobile Diseases and the Border
Mobile Diseases and the Border
AIDS is a travelling mobile disease. It is impossible to pin down its source. Wherever it is found the State claims it has actually appeared from across the border. The term AIDS came into existence only in 1981 and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS was not discovered until 1983. Although the discovery of both the virus and the disease is part of recent history its impact has been inordinately widespread. There is an entire industry today thriving on this and AIDS has developed its own vocabulary and discourse. There is a school of thought that looks upon AIDS as solely a biomedical reality. There are others however, who think of it as purely a product ...