The anthropology department is delighted and honoured that Dr Patti Henderson has been awarded the prestigious Vice-Chancellor’s book award for 2013.
Competing amongst a record breaking number of books published this year, the selection of her book for the award is a great accolade. The award is given to a Rhodes University staff member who has authored a book of outstanding merit, which brings credit to the university.
Dr Henderson’s book, entitled “A Kinship of Bones: AIDs, Intimacy and Care in Rural Kwazulu-Natal” is a deeply sensitive and philosophical portrayal of the life-worlds of rural people living in the Okhahlamba region of the Northern Drakensberg as they struggle to cope with the devastation that the disease has brought to their lives.
Professor Veena Das from John Hopkins University in the USA praised the book in the following way “Taking the reader through landscapes of disease, devastation and hope, Henderson’s book is theoretically erudite without her philosophical observations overwriting the words of her respondent’s. She shows what fidelity means in the fields anthropologists cultivate”.
The department and the university salute Dr Henderson for her achievements.