Rachel R. Chapman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington
Friday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:00 pm, Mather Memorial Room 201
“Austerity, Precarious Use and the Elusive AIDS Free Generation in Mozambique”
“My commitment is to researching, publishing and applying to real world problems an understanding of the meaning and politics of race, class and gender identities as they intersect in culture with power to inform the life chances and life quality of people on the margins of society. Unifying my research and writing to date is concern with exposing the intricate ways that race, class and gender shape social hierarchies in the U.S. and global order, and with grounding questions of race, class, and gender inequalities within nonessentialist understandings of identity. The theme that runs through my work is my attention to continuity and survival strategies in poor communities. That commitment has crystallized in the study of the reproductive health of women in difficult circumstances, from the structural violence affecting impoverished women in a gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles, to women in war torn and AIDS ravished Mozambique and back to women who lack prenatal health care in an economically depressed and racially segregated American city.”