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Sortir et s'en sortir? Parcours de santé et vulnérabilité de détenus qui vivent avec le VIH ou une hépatite C en Ile-de-France

Abstract : The health of inmates and released inmates is a public health problem seldom studied in France. The case study of men living with HIV and/or hepatitis C in the greater Parisian region is central to this PhD research. It aims to shed light on the life course and health trajectories before, during and after incarceration. These trajectories are constructed from data gathered through a three-pronged field work (observation, a series of biographical interviews and a survey). The study was conducted in and outside of prison to describe prisoners’ experiences of care and treatment and the work done by healthcare and social work professionals. Hepatitis C is considered less important and severe than HIV, which explains the more frequent delays in recourse to care upon release and less challenging and stigmatizing experiences of the illness. Treatment interruptions are short and are part of the multiple adjustments that patients undertake to cope with release. These adjustments involve the tedious administrative procedures to (re)gain access to health and social welfare but also an embodied experience of release, (re)negotiation of personal and professional relationships. The interactions between the released inmates, their kin and the professionals who take care of them are described within the power structures in which they are embedded. In their institutional experience, patients are simultaneously regarded as subjects meant to interiorize health norms and asked to become self-reliant responsible individuals. Lastly, the trajectories of these men and women are inscribed in a process of progressing social vulnerability, exacerbated by HIV and HCV status, incarcerations and their release from prison. Prison release is lived as a liminal moment in the trajectories, as they pass from prison back into the city. The temporality is particular: it is constructed around activities and support relationships rather than based on linear chronological time; as a result prison release is full of uncertainty and seems interminable.
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Meoïn Hagège. Sortir et s'en sortir? Parcours de santé et vulnérabilité de détenus qui vivent avec le VIH ou une hépatite C en Ile-de-France. Anthropologie sociale et ethnologie. Ecole des hautes étude en sciences sociales, 2016. Français. ⟨tel-01413030v1⟩



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