Power and Community: Organizational and Cultural Responses to AIDS

Power and Community: Organizational and Cultural Responses to AIDS

Power and Community: Organizational and Cultural Responses to AIDS

Power and Community: Organizational and Cultural Responses to AIDS

Synopsis

This book provides a global overview of the role of the community sector, examining in detail the origins and activities of community organizations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia and the Pacific. It also describes the impact of sexuality and gender on AIDS activism and AIDS organizing, as well as broader cultural responses to the epidemic.

Excerpt

From early in the epidemic, community organizations have had a key role to play in providing education about HIV and AIDS, and care and support for those most affected. This has been as true in the developed world as it has been in developing countries. A multitude of new specialist organizations have come into being, whilst others have re-oriented aspects of their provision so as to meet the needs of the communities most affected.

Power and Community: Organizational and Cultural Responses to AIDS charts the emergence and development of the community sector response, illustrating the factors that led affected individuals and communities to organize, question, challenge and re-define initial governmental responses to the epidemic. It examines the origins and activities of community organisations in Europe, the Americas, Africa, south Asia, south east Asia, Australia and the Pacific. Central to the analysis offered is the recognition of contradiction within community sector responses—by providing education and services to those most affected, nongovernmental organizations may inadvertantly take pressure from the state to provide or reform essential health services.

The growth of the community sector has given rise to new tensions within community based organizations themselves: tensions between activism and service provision, between altruism and self-help, between volunteer participation and management control, between fluidity of function and increasing bureaucratization. These, and other dilemmas, are examined here, along with the growth of what has been called the global AIDS industry. Of relevance and interest to activists, community groups, researchers and policy makers alike, this is the first book to examine in detail the diversity of voluntary and community sector responses to HIV and AIDS.

Peter Aggleton . . .

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