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Title:The frozen rhetoric of AIDS denialism and the flourishing claims of a cure: a comparative analysis of Thabo Mbeki and Yahya Jammeh's rhetoric
Authors:Tsikata, Prosper YaoISNI
Pindi, Gloria Nziba
Anaele, Agaptus
Periodical:Communicatio: South African journal for communication theory and research (ISSN 1753-5379)
Geographic terms:South Africa
medicinal drugs
About persons:Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki (1942-)ISNI
Yahya Abdul-Azziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh (1965-)
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2016.1209535
Abstract:This article compares and contrasts the frozen rhetoric of Thabo Mbeki's Aids denialism and Yahya Jammeh's flourishing claims of a cure for HIV/Aids. While Jammeh invoked Allah as the source of his herbal therapy, Mbeki employed what scientists referred to as pseudoscience to justify his claim. In the final analysis, whereas Mbeki's denialist rhetoric froze in South Africa, Jammeh's cure rhetoric continues to flourish in the Gambia. First, the rhetorical situation in both countries is appraised. Next, antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) and alternative therapies, which are at the center of the polemics, are placed in dialogue before the dynamic subject is located at the critical junctures of space, power and the dominant truth games, where the subject shapes the same truth games that shape the subject. Accordingly, the outcomes of the ARVs debate in South Africa and the Gambia flowed from the interactions of space, power and the prevailing truth games in relation to the subject. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]