The Logic of Verification

Part of the Social Aspects of HIV book series (SHIV, volume 1)


This chapter portrays some of the less publically visible forms of activism waged in relation to the use of bio-experimental technologies to deliver routine health services to sex worker communities in Nairobi, Kenya. What becomes clear is how HIV surveillance techniques in Nairobi have begun to transform the very ground on which local sex workers conceive of and enact political resistance, a transformation that has produced a terrain of evidentiary politics: the new frontiers of political dissent surrounding the social effects of the highly graduated forms of tracking, measuring, and managing life, used in the name of HIV prevention and care. Evidentiary politics is certainly akin to biopolitics in the way that life and life processes are positioned at the centre of political contestation and inherent in the very technologies that seek to govern community participation. However, contestation centres on the means, instruments, and aesthetics of evidence production itself.


Biometrics Clinical trials Kenya Men who have sex with men Male sex workers HIV 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Global Public Health, the Max Rady Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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