Organizing AIDS: Workplace and Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Organizing AIDS: Workplace and Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Organizing AIDS: Workplace and Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Organizing AIDS: Workplace and Organizational Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

Synopsis

This book tackles issues that will be of increasing importance to organisations, and where the significance of the AIDS/HIV epidemic is only just being appreciated. Legal and employment implications, as well as medical aspects, are covered.

Excerpt

Since the earliest days of the epidemic, people with HIV and AIDS, and people presumed to be infected, have been subjected to discrimination, ostracization and even dismissal from their place of employment. Efforts have often been made to justify such actions on public health grounds or in terms of responsiveness to the anxieties and demands of coworkers. But as David Goss and Derek Adam-Smith show, these responses conceal a more hidden agenda linked to enduring anxieties about 'normality' and 'abnormality', and social as well as virological contagion. Of course, there have also been attempts to foster more supportive workplace and organizational responses towards people living with HIV, spearheaded by affected communities, enlightened public health workers and community organizations working for those affected. While not uncontested, such actions have contributed towards a more realistic appreciation of HIV disease and its work-related consequences. This book charts the origins, emergence and effects of both of the above dominant patterns of response. It does so with a view to offering employers, managers, researchers and organizational theorists insight into some of the more productive ways in which HIV can be tackled in the workplace. Using case study material from a range of countries, and in an engaging and accessible manner, the authors point to ways in which anxieties and fears can be successfully challenged through good workplace policy and practice.

Peter Aggleton

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