Exploring the relational complexity of serodiscordance: negotiating violence, temporality and diaspora

van der Zaag, Annette-Carina and McKnight, Ulla (2016) Exploring the relational complexity of serodiscordance: negotiating violence, temporality and diaspora. In: Persson, Asha and Hughes, Shana D (eds.) Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Couples with Mixed HIV Status: Beyond Positive/Negative. Social Aspects of HIV, 2 . Springer, Cham, pp. 85-98. ISBN 9783319427256

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Abstract

In this chapter we set out a theoretical framework to consider the relational complexity of serodiscordance and to critique the biomedical deployment of serodiscordance and its socio-legal effects. Specifically, we draw on the relational approach to bodies, technology and place articulated in Karen Barad’s agential realism. This analysis will consider the practice and narratives of healthcare providers in a specialist clinic and the narratives of patients who were, or had been, in (assumed) serodiscordant relationships. The data this chapter is premised on were collected during a broader qualitative investigation of an HIV specialist antenatal clinic in London, which explored the multifarious requirements of the successful prevention of mother-to-child (vertical) transmission of HIV. We argue that contrary to its deployment within biomedicine, serodiscordance is an intricate entanglement of virus, body and power. We demonstrate that serodiscordance emerges in the clinic not only as a material-discursive phenomenon, but a phenomenon that is multiple. We explore three aspects of serodiscordance as a phenomenal multiplicity, which we have termed: violent, temporal and diasporic. In conclusion we consider how HIV as a multiplicity unsettles the biomedical notion of serodiscordance.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Sexual Partner; Domestic Violence; Vertical Transmission; Antenatal Clinic; Research Ethic Committee
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life > HQ0019 Sexual behaviour and attitudes. Sexuality
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0503 The Family. Marriage. Home > HQ0801 Man-woman relationships. Courtship. Dating
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: Ulla Mcknight
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2019 12:04
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2019 12:04
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/88659
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