Bioethics Blogs

In the Journals – July 2015 Part II by Michelle Pentecost

 Here’s comes the second round of what you’ll find ‘In the Journals’ from July. For the Special Issue on HIV Criminalisation and Public Health in the latest edition of Critical Public Health, see this week’s earlier post.

To start us off, the latest issue of Medical Anthropology focuses on ‘exploring bodies in Southern and East Africa.’ In their editorial, Emilie Venables and Lenore Manderson introduce articles that ‘examine how an analytical lens of corporeality can offer new ways to examine and understand linkages and dissonances between migration, violence, and health in the lives of people across the Southern and Eastern African region’.

Images of Place: Visuals from Migrant Women Sex Workers in South Africa

Elsa Oliveira & Jo Vearey

 Many migrants in inner-city Johannesburg survive through unconventional and sometimes criminalized livelihood activities. In this article, we draw on data from a study that applied a participatory visual methodology to work with migrant women who sell sex, and explored the suitability of this approach as a way to engage with a presumed ‘hard to reach’ urban population. The lived experiences of migrant women sex workers were documented by combining participatory visual methods with a more traditional ethnographic approach, and this approach led us to new ways of seeing their worlds. This methodological approach raises important considerations for working with marginalized and criminalized urban groups.

“Once a Soldier, a Soldier Forever”: Exiled Zimbabwean Soldiers in South Africa

Godfrey Maringira & Lorena Núñez Carrasco

 Through military training, soldiers’ bodies are shaped and prepared for war and military-related duties.

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