Is There a Biopolitical Spirituality? Ethnography Among Nuns, Children and Teenagers with HIV/AIDS

Asher Brum About the author

Abstract: Paul Rabinow and Nikolas Rose argue that population managed by biopolitical government is composed of “emerging biosocial collectivities” - groups in which social relations are based on transformation of nature through culture and technique. Thereby, my objective is to analyze one of these collectivities to examine the role of spirituality in contemporary biopolitical context. My research object is a group composed of Angeline Franciscan Sisters, volunteers and families, people united around the issue of HIV/AIDS among children and teenagers. My argument is that religious leaders of this collectivity produce a form of spirituality traversed by biomedical and pharmaceutical discourses which has a sense of sacredness of life. I analyze ethnographic material collected throughout 2019 in Campo Grande (MS).

Biopolitics; Spirituality; HIV/AIDS; Angeline Franciscan Sisters; Life

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