Aging -- Prevention -- Social aspects -- United States.
Aging -- Prevention -- Moral and ethical aspects -- United States.
Technological forecasting -- Social aspects -- United States.
The emergence and proliferation of anti-aging medicine since the 1990s situates the process of aging—rather than "age-associated" disease—as a target for biomedical intervention. Bypassing the notion of disease entirely, anti-aging proponents argue that biological aging is the problem. The shift tendered by anti-aging proponents proceeds largely upon predictions for the future. A compelling prediction must have built into it a sense of feasibility and a sense of moral purpose. Feasibility is principally predicated upon a particular history and a map for the endeavors' imagined success. The notion that aging is painful and costly both for the individual and for society links with the powerful ethic of scientific progress to ground anti-aging predictions in the here and now of scientific funding, research and practice. Imagining this kind of future demands, in this sense, its pursuit. And its pursuit then refashions our relationship to our past by reifying the particular history in which it is embedded.
Confidential communications -- Social aspects -- India.
Organizational behavior -- India.
Non-governmental organizations -- India.
Medical policy -- India.
This article examines the rise of non-governmental AIDS service in India as a space of cultural politics and of possibilities for social transformation. Drawing on ethnographic material from an AIDS service NGO in an urban North Indian setting, and the network of organizations that it is part of, the article describes the emergence of a transnationally mobile community of AIDS experts, their relationship to the non-governmental and the state and the circulation of ideas and practices between the global and the local. It focuses on the politico-moral transactions around confidentiality and embedded within it, the discourse of rights to show how they reflect changing configurations of governance and citizenship, and redefinitions of health.
AIDS, biosociality, NGOs, governance, rights and citizenship, cultural politics