Culture and AIDS

Culture and AIDS

Culture and AIDS

Culture and AIDS

Synopsis

"This collection is a serious attempt to explore the relationship between cultural content and the form AIDS takes in different cultural settings. Written mostly by anthropologists, these essays examine different cultural areas and AIDS: central Africa (Rwanda), New York City, Houston, and London. In addition, articles address topics such as stigmatization of AIDS victims by the press; language and AIDS; class variations in the delivery of social services as experienced by gay and bisexual men in New York City; and homophobia and AIDS. The volume is a valuable addition to the social-anthropological literature on AIDS and should be useful to professionals and for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses dealing with sociocultural aspects of AIDS." Choice

Excerpt

This volume is not intended as an introduction to AIDS. There are several excellent books that could effectively serve that purpose. Culture and AIDS looks at AIDS as a cultural phenomenon. The way in which we as a species handle AIDS is a measure of our changing times, of our deepest fears, of our varying values, and of our collective aspirations. It is impossible to truly understand the role of AIDS in our lives unless we consider the social and cultural contexts of AIDS-related behavior. This volume is designed to clarify several key domains in AIDS and the social sciences. Nearly all of the chapters have been written by anthropologists, and they are representative of the interests of dozens of other anthropologists actively involved in AIDS research and activities.

I would like to thank the following individuals for their assistance in the development of this book: Dr. Richard Beach (University of Miami), Dr. Ralph Bolton (Pomona College), Mr. Carlos E. A. Coimbra, Jr. (Universidade de Brasilia), Dr. Paul Farmer (Harvard University), Dr. Norris G. Lang (University of Houston), Dr. William L. Leap (American University), Mr. Robert W. Lucero (PCS), Dr. Emilio Mantero-Atienza (University of Miami), Dr. Susan McCombie (University of Pennsylvania), Dr. Juliet Niehaus (New York University), Dr. Ronald J. Prineas (University of Miami), Dr. Michael D. Quam (Sangamon State University), Ms. Donna Sato (University of Miami), Dr. Frank Stitt (University of Miami), Dr. Christopher C. Taylor (University of Chicago), and Dr. Dooley Worth (Montefiore Hospital). This book is dedicated to the thousands of volunteers in AIDS-related community-based organizations worldwide who have given so generously of their time and effort in our relentless struggle against AIDS.

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