I’m sending my warmest greetings from South Africa!
I hope this message finds you all well. I’m still happy in my job at
Stellenbosch and living in Sea Point in Cape Town.
I am writing to you to share the joyous news that my book, “South African AIDS Activism
and Global Health Politics” which has been published by Palgrave
Macmillan as part of their Global Ethics series:
I’ve also decided to launch my very own blog:
and you can also follow me
on twitter (username: mandisam1).
I’ve pasted below some information about it, including a synopsis,
chapter break-down and some advance praise it has received.
I know the US/UK prices are quite expensive, but I’m pleased to say that
the SA edition will cost R285 (roughly 20 GBP). All net author
royalties will be donated to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC).
I’ll be visiting the UK in late April and early May to do research
towards my new project on transnational anti-apartheid health activism
and also to give seminar papers and talks on the research published in
my book at Oxford, Cambridge, LSHTM and LSE on the following dates:
You are all invited to my SA book launches:
I will also be visiting the US to attend the 2014 meeting of the
American Historical Association in Washington DC, if not before.
While a group e-mail made sense in this case, I do promise to respond to every reply to this e-mail individually.
South African AIDS Activism and Global Health Politics
Release Date: 29 Mar 2013
UK price: £57.50
Series: Global Ethics
Mandisa Mbali is a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Social
Anthropology at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. She is a Rhodes scholar and
obtained her doctorate in Modern History at the University of Oxford, UK. Mbali
completed postdoctoral training at Yale University, USA and has published a journal
article and book chapters on post–apartheid AIDS activism and policy-making.
What did South African AIDS activists contribute, politically, to
early international advocacy for free HIV medicines for the world’s poor? Mandisa Mbali demonstrates
that South Africa’s Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) gave moral legitimacy to the
international movement which enabled it to effectively push for new
models of global health diplomacy and governance. The TAC rapidly acquired moral credibility, she
argues, because of its leaders’ anti-apartheid political backgrounds, its successful
human rights-based litigation and its effective popularization of AIDS-related
science.The country’s arresting democratic transition in 1994 enabled
South African activists to form transnational alliances. Its new Constitution provided novel
opportunities for legal activism, such as the TAC’s advocacy against
multinational pharmaceutical companies and the South African government. Mbali’s
history of the TAC sheds light on its evolution into an influential force for global
Introduction: South African AIDS Activism & Global Health Justice
PART I: AIDS ACTIVISM & SOUTH AFRICA’S TRANSITION
1. Health for all? Healthworker AIDS Activism 1982 – 94
2. From Pride to Political Funeral: Gay AIDS Activism 1990 – 4
3. Women, Science and Sexism in AIDS Activism in the 1990s
PART II: THE TAC & GLOBAL HEALTH POLITICS
4. Science and Sexuality in the Formation of the TAC, 1994 – 2001
5. ‘pharma’ v. Mandela: South African Moral Capital in a Global Movement
6. Radical legitimacy: Rights & Reasonableness in the TAC, 2001 – 3
7. ‘The Durban Effect’: The TAC’s Impact on Global Health Diplomacy & Governance
Conclusion: Recession & Reinventions
‘In a landmark case study of transnational AIDS activism, Mbali
constructs a rigorous and analytically innovative framework to support a series of important
and fascinating new insights into the inter-connections between history, politics and health.
Her study provides a nuanced assessment – part sober, part cautiously optimistic – of
the potential for social movements to advance global health justice in
the context of an epidemic that continues to generate devastating suffering in the
lives of millions worldwide – in an era of economic crisis where international funding
for life-saving AIDS treatment is under growing threat.
This is a path-breaking text that opens up productive new directions
for analysis and action in the field of global health justice.’ – Catherine Campbell,
London School of Economics, UK
‘In the early 2000s, South African AIDS activists fought corporate greed and
indifferent political leaders. Mbali’s remarkable book is an impassioned and
convincing account that locates treatment activism in a transnational
frame, and gives novel attention to its gendered politics. It is inspiring but not
romantic—a rich account that deserves to be widely read by historians, activists, and health
workers.’ – Mark Hunter, University of Toronto, Canada