AIDS: Rights, Risk, and Reason

AIDS: Rights, Risk, and Reason

AIDS: Rights, Risk, and Reason

AIDS: Rights, Risk, and Reason


Based on articles chosen from the sixth annual 'Social Aspects of AIDS' conference, this book focuses on up-to-date accounts of HIV/AIDS research and associated social/sexual issues.


In March 1991 the Fifth Conference on Social Aspects of AIDS took place at South Bank Polytechnic in London. As in previous years, the conference attracted social researchers working in the field of health, as well as health providers in statutory and non-governmental organizations. Themes examined included perceptions of risk and risk-taking behaviour, rights and responsibilities, and the ‘rationality’ that underpins individual and collective responses to HIV/AIDS.

This book, like its predecessors (Social Aspects of AIDS, Falmer Press, 1988; AIDS: Social Representations and Social Practices, Falmer Press, 1989; AIDS: Individual, Cultural and Policy Dimensions, Falmer Press, 1990; and AIDS: Responses, Interventions and Care, Falmer Press, 1991), contains many of the papers given at the conference. Collectively, they demonstrate the important work that is currently underway as well as the scope of contemporary enquiry.

As editors, it has been again our privilege to work with contributors both before and after the conference. Our thanks go to Paul Broderick, Theo Blackmore, Phillip Gatter, Andrew Hunt, Ford Hickson, Heather Jones, Vijay Kumari, Michael Stephens and Peter Weatherburn for pre-conference publicity and conference administration. The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) provided financial support for the meeting. Finally, we must thank Sue Graham and Helen Thomas who prepared the manuscript for publication.

Peter Aggleton

Peter Davies

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