This thesis explores the subjectivities of mothers living with HIV in relation to the exercised techniques of governing HIV and AIDS in Egypt. Drawing on the experiences of women living with HIV, in addition to the analysis of the National HIV Strategic frameworks and national media press articles, this thesis traces major events related to the bio-politics of HIV in Egypt post-2011. I conducted research with mothers living with HIV to explore how they perceived their individual experiences of living with HIV within the social and political context of Egypt post-2011. The research is an attempt to unravel glimpses of the events that affected their lives in the period from 2011 until 2015 as well as to understand how they assemble the trajectories of those events and mediate their social lives. In this thesis I deploy the issue of HIV and AIDS as a prism to analyze and trace how biopower produces HIV positive subjectivities. It aspires to document as well as examine how HIV and AIDS are deployed in the social and political arena, especially since 2011. It navigates the stories of the main research interlocutors to understand how they perceive as well as negotiate the multiple faces of authorities in their lives to construct their own realities. My aim is also to understand how HIV positive subjectivities are shaped and continuously shaping the dominant discourse on HIV and the political. The discourse here is conceptualized as a totality of circulated manifestations of the thinking, speaking, acting and the knowledge of the subjects that is continuously in an unfolding process (Foucault, 1972). Hence, HIV and AIDS related events and rhetoric are orbiting within interlinked discourses of power and authorities such as the medical, the social, the religious, the economic and the political.

Degree Name

MA in Sociology-Anthropology

Graduation Date


Submission Date

January 2016

First Advisor

Sabea, Hanan

Committee Member 1

Rieker, Martina

Committee Member 2

Saad, Reem


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Document Type

Master's Thesis


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