Kroeker Lena 8.2016

Dr. Lena Kroeker

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Bayreuth Academy for Advanced African Studies und Alumni bei BIGSAS


E-Mail: lena.kroeker(at)
Telefon: +49(0)921 55 5447
Fax: +49 (0) 921 55-41 18
Büro: Hugo-Rüdel-Str. 10, Raum 311

Lena Kroeker ist Mitherausgeberin des Blogs

This blog aims at establishing an interdisciplinary and transregional dialogue between researchers engaged in descriptions of the middle classes and pointing out how they dealt with the epistemological challenge of applying a concept devised in the global North to countries of the global South. This shall allow for a better understanding of how to establish research methods in global studies and address social processes whose analysis will be crucial for a better understanding of our globalized world.


In between Life and Death

Kroeker, L. (2015): In between Life and Death - Decision-making of HIV+ Mothers in Lesotho, Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung, Bd.61, LIT-Verlag, 334 S., 39.90 EUR, ISBN 978-3-643-90640-3.

KfW-Förderpreis 2013 für die Forschungsarbeit "Zwischen Leben und Tod". Medienmitteilung der UBT vom 25. Juni 2013


"The book gives both an overview and a deep insight into the topic of decision-making of HIV positive expectant mothers. Moreover, it shows the complex context which is full of power relations and social entanglements between mothers-to-be, the biomedical health system, their close relatives and society in general. (...) Lena Kroeker shows with her results how deep she dived into the reality of pregnant and HIV positive women in Mafeteng, and how public such a personal event like a pregnancy turns in times of HIV." (Margret Jäger, CURARE 38 (2015), S. 247)


Afrika (Kenia, Tansania, Lesotho, Südafrika, Mali), afrikanische Diaspora

Middle Classes in the Global South, soziale Differenzierung, soziale Sicherung, Medizinethnologie (v.a.: HIV/AIDS, Versorgungsforschung, Fertilität), Gender and Generation, Zukunft/Zeit/Temporalität, Bildung, Uncertainty.


Wissenschaftlicher Werdegang






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