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Culture And Aids

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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; ...

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Overview

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

AIDS has become a pandemic with major implications for the future vitality of humankind, according to this powerful new book compiled by the editor of the widely acclaimed The Social Dimensions of AIDS. As a cultural phenomenon the social patterning of AIDS can be explained and its direction largely predicted. Culture and AIDS is written almost entirely by anthropologists and represents the interest of dozens of anthropologists and represents the anthropologists' interest in AIDS related research and activities. Thirteen essays explore the social and cultural context of AIDS related behavior and clarify key domains in AIDS and the social sciences. This volume seeks to broaden its readers' understanding of how AIDS is changing our lives as it redirects human experience.

Culture and AIDS is not intended as an introduction to AIDS. It looks at AIDS as a cultural phenomenon. It includes an introduction and postscript by its editor, Douglas A Feldman. Eleven essays explore: AIDS in Rwanda (Central Africa); A Haitian village handling AIDS; possible cofactors in HIV transmission; social service needs of gay men with AIDS in NYC; psychological factors influencing adjustment among HIV-infected gay men in Houston; social behavior of female prostitutes in London; social effects of AIDS on minority women; AIDS-related stigma in the press; language and AIDS; and other AIDS related areas.

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Written mostly by anthropologists, 13 essays explore the social and cultural context of AIDS-related behavior, and identify key domains in AIDS and the social sciences, focusing primarily on anthropological research and activities. The topics include Rivanda, a Haitian village, gay men in New York and Houston, women prostitutes in London, the press, and language. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275931896
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/19/1990
  • Pages: 226
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

DOUGLAS FELDMAN is a medical anthropologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the School of Medicine, University of Miami.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Culture and AIDS by Douglas A. Feldman

AIDS in Cultural, Historic and Epidemiologic Context by S.C. McCombie

The Sick Role, Stigma, and Pollution: The Case of AIDS by Michael D. Quam

Assessing Viral, Parasitic and Sociocultural Cofactors Affecting HIV-1 Transmission in Rwanda by Douglas A. Feldman

AIDS and the Pathogenesis of Metaphor by Christopher C. Taylor

AIDS and Accusation: Haiti, Haitians, and the Geography of Blame by Paul Farmer

Prostitute Women and the Ideology of Work in London by Sophie Day

Minority Women and AIDS: Culture, Race and Gender by Dooley Worth

Language and AIDS by William L. Leap

AIDS and Obituaries: The Perpetuation of Stigma in the Press by Peter M. Nardi

Sex, Politics, and Guilt: A Study of Homophobia and the AIDS Phenomenon by Norris G. Lang

Increasing the Cost of Living: Class and Exploitation in the Delivery of Social Services to Persons with AIDS by Juliet A. Niehaus

Postscript: Anthropology and AIDS by Douglas A. Feldman

Index

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