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Wording the WorldVeena Das and Scenes of Inheritance$
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Roma Chatterji

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823261857

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823261857.001.0001

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Pedagogies of the Clinic

Pedagogies of the Clinic

Learning to Live (Again and Again)

(p.38) Three Pedagogies of the Clinic
Wording the World

Aaron Goodfellow

Fordham University Press

Based on a detailed exploration of a single case, this chapter discusses the place of STDs, the STD clinic in the life and relations of one woman. Inspired by Veena Das’s idea that that bio-medical spaces are extensions of other spaces and are continually bending towards other imaginaries the author shows how diagnostic utterances lean towards other social imaginaries by the circulation of medical technologies. Drawing on Marcel Mauss’s writing on the gift, the author looks at the power residing in objects of health care, to ask if there are unanticipated agencies and unexpected affects that circulate with objects such as condoms, STD testing and the availability of free clinical services and to show how these objects operate within the broad constellations of desire that configure the relationship between life, death, and sex.

Keywords:   STD clinics, HIV/AIDS, Bio-medical space, Circulation of medical technologies

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