- This event has passed.
Jenny TRINITAPOLI (University of Chicago) – “An Epidemic of Uncertainty ”
Sociology Seminar: Thursdays
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm –
Date: 7th of April 2022
Jenny TRINITAPOLI (University of Chicago) – “An Epidemic of Uncertainty”
Abstract : In her forthcoming book, An Epidemic of Uncertainty, Trinitapoli advances a new model for studying social life by emphasizing something that social scientists routinely omit from our theories, models, and measures – what people know they don’t know. The book takes Malawi’s ongoing AIDS epidemic as its entry-point for understanding the stakes of uncertainty. After a four-decades-long battle, the standard global-health metrics have started to point to good news: new infections are down, prevalence has stabilized, life-saving antiretroviral drugs are widely available, mother-to-child transmission is lower than ever, and AIDS-related mortality has declined. But in the wake of pandemic AIDS, an epidemic of uncertainty persists. In Malawi, adult prevalence of HIV has been steady at roughly 14% since 2000; yet at any given point in time, half the young-adult population doesn’t know their HIV status. I argue that AIDS-related uncertainty is measurable, pervasive, and impervious to biomedical solutions. The consequences of uncertainty are pertinent to multiple domains of life including relationship stability, fertility, health, and well-being. Even as HIV is transformed from a progressive, fatal infection to a chronic and manageable condition, the accompanying epidemic of uncertainty remains central to understanding social life in this part of the world.
Sofian EL ATIFI, Etienne OLLION, Patrick PRÄG (Pôle de Sociologie du CREST)