AIDS, Sex, and Culture: Global Politics and Survival in by Ida Susser PDF

By Ida Susser

ISBN-10: 1405155868

ISBN-13: 9781405155861

AIDS, intercourse, and tradition is a revealing exam of the influence the AIDS epidemic in Africa has had on ladies, according to the author’s personal huge ethnographic learn.

  • based at the author's personal tale transforming into up in South Africa
  • looks on the influence of social conservatism within the US on AIDS prevention courses
  • discussion of the studies of girls in parts starting from Durban in KwaZulu Natal to rural settlements in Namibia and Botswana
  • includes a bankruptcy written via Sibongile Mkhize on the college of KwaZulu Natal who tells the tale of her personal family’s fight with AIDS

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Along with other AIDS researchers, I have taken the pursuit of social justice as a primary tenet. This activist perspective, with an emphasis on community partnerships, emerged from early work in the 1930s (Lewis 1998) and was reinvented in the 1970s (Brodkin 1988; Sanjek 1987; Susser 1982). Such personal and political engagement was also a tenet of feminist ethnography (Brodkin 1988; Gailey 1998; Mascia-Lees et al. 1989; Morgen 2002), as well demonstrated in Sandra Morgen’s participation in the struggle to save a women’s health clinic, documented in Women and the Politics of Empowerment (Morgen 1988).

What did people do to struggle for better health and what barriers and obstacles stood in the way of their efforts? This book relies on ethnographic work that I have conducted with many other people in southern Africa since 1992 as well as ethnographic analysis of international institutions such as the International AIDS Society Conferences in Durban, Barcelona, Bangkok, and Toronto and as the co-chair of the Social Science Track in preparation for the 2008 Mexico City IAS Conference. As noted in the preface, over time I became involved in helping to form a global network focused on women’s needs in the AIDS world, ATHENA: Advancing Gender Equity and Human Rights in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS.

One major change occurred at the first United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS meetings in New York City, June 2001. Noeleen Heyzer from UNIFEM and her deputy Stephanie Urdang, led the discussion of gender and AIDS. Heyzer’s closing speech documented the new recognition of the centrality of gender to the epidemic: The Culture of Science and the Feminization of HIV/AIDS 21 Publisher's Note: Permission to reproduce this image online was not granted by the copyright holder.

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