AIDS: Responses, Interventions, and Care

AIDS: Responses, Interventions, and Care

AIDS: Responses, Interventions, and Care

AIDS: Responses, Interventions, and Care

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The fourth conference on Social Aspects of AIDS took place at South Bank Polytechnic in London in March 1990, attracting a wide range of social researchers, health and social services workers and members of statutory and voluntary organizations working in the field of HIV/AIDS. The themes of the conference emphasized popular and professional responses to the epidemic, national and local interventions, and issues of care.

This book, like its predecessors (P. Aggleton and H. Homans, eds, Social Aspects of AIDS, Falmer Press, 1988; P. Aggleton, G. Hart and P. Davies, eds, AIDS: Social Representations, Social Practices, Falmer Press, 1989; and P. Aggleton, P. Davies and G. Hart, eds, AIDS: Individual, Cultural and Policy Dimensions, Falmer Press, 1990), contains many of the papers given at the conference. They identify the present research priorities of sociologists, psychologists, educationists and cultural theorists. They also demonstrate the diversity of work that is currently underway, as well as the quality of individual research initiatives. Rarely has so much energy been expended so productively in the pursuit of a common set of goals.

It has been our privilege as editors to work closely with contributors in preparing for the conference and in putting this book together afterwards. We would like to thank all who attended for their courage, their commitment and their critical contributions. Ours thanks go to Paul Broderick, Andrew Hunt, Heather Jones, Vijay Kumari and Michael Stephens for organizing the preconference publicity and arrangements on the day, and we are especially indebted to Gary Wych whose responsibility it was to undertake much of the conference administration. We are once again grateful to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for their financial support. Finally, we must thank Helen Thomas who, with endless patience and the challenge of a new wordprocessor, prepared the manuscript for publication.

Peter Aggleton, Peter Davies and Graham Hart

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