AIDS and Development in Africa: A Social Science Perspective

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AIDS and Development in Africa: A Social Science Perspective is the first book-length treatment of both the impact of AIDS in Africa and an assessment of intervention strategies in varying cultural situations. Developed from revised selected papers from the nineteenth Southern African Universities Social Science Conference, AIDS and Development in Africa will be of interest to counselors, medical and development practitioners, Africanists, and AIDS researchers. From this book, you will find wide analytical coverage of the issues and country case studies related to the contributory factors and development impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. You will also explore the ability of countries to willingly promote and cope with the pandemic in the context of their different economic circumstances.

Specifically in AIDS and Development in Africa, you will read about:

  • socioeconomic context of AIDS
  • social scientific explanations of the AIDS pandemic in Africa
  • HIV/AIDS and the status of women in Botswana and Swaziland
  • sexual abuse and HIV/AIDS
  • law and HIV/AIDS
  • orphans of the AIDS pandemic
  • media and the African context of social construction
  • human resource development and training in relation to HIV/AIDS in Zambia

    AIDS and Development in Africa uses a multidisciplinary social science perspective in case studies of such countries as Botswana, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Malawi, and Zambia to reveal contributory factors and the developmental impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa. This book demonstrates the human consequences of AIDS and the efforts being made by governments, individuals, families, villages, communities, and national government organizations to respond to the pandemic. For example, you will learn about information campaigns and peer education approaches that are successfully increasing transmission awareness and condom use. You will read beyond the usual analysis of demographics and receive much more substantial assessments and analyses of the burden on people, economies, and health care systems of the African countries.

    AIDS and Development in Africa is indispensable to anyone who is involved with HIV/AIDS prevention/intervention in Africa. This comprehensive book provides you with essential and up-to-date research on the many issues surrounding Africa’s HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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Table of Contents

About the Editor
Ch. 1 The Socioeconomic Context of AIDS in Africa: A Review 1
Ch. 2 Social Science Explanations of the AIDS Pandemic in Africa 21
Ch. 3 Beyond the Statistics: HIV/AIDS As a Socioeconomic Epidemic in Africa 37
Ch. 4 HIV/AIDS and the Status of Women in Botswana 47
Ch. 5 Women's Health, Sociocultural Practices, and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland 59
Ch. 6 Sexual Abuse, HIV/AIDS, and the Legal Rights of Women in Swaziland 69
Ch. 7 The Law and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Competing Claims and Interests 83
Ch. 8 Orphans of the AIDS Pandemic: The Sub-Saharan Africa Experience 93
Ch. 9 Media and the African Context of the Social Construction of HIV/AIDS 109
Ch. 10 The Social Context of HIV/AIDS Policy in Africa 121
Ch. 11 A Note on National Policy and HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe 135
Ch. 12 Societal Responses to HIV/AIDS in Botswana 143
Ch. 13 AIDS Awareness and Sexual Behavior Change in South Africa 153
Ch. 14 HIV/AIDS and a Return to Traditional Cultural Practices in Malawi 165
Ch. 15 The Question of Relevance in AIDS Education in Malawi 177
Ch. 16 AIDS and Peer Education in Lesotho 185
Ch. 17 Human Resource Development and Training in Relation to HIV/AIDS in the Formal Sector in Zambia 197
Ch. 18 HIV/AIDS, Households, and the Informal Economy in Africa: An Endnote from the Field 207
Index 215
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