Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis / Edition 1

Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Responses to the AIDS Crisis / Edition 1

by Jennifer Brier
     
 

Viewing contemporary history from the perspective of the AIDS crisis, Jennifer Brier provides rich, new understandings of the United States' complex social and political trends in the post-1960s era. Brier describes how AIDS workers—in groups as disparate as the gay and lesbian press, AIDS service organizations, private philanthropies, and the State Department

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Overview

Viewing contemporary history from the perspective of the AIDS crisis, Jennifer Brier provides rich, new understandings of the United States' complex social and political trends in the post-1960s era. Brier describes how AIDS workers—in groups as disparate as the gay and lesbian press, AIDS service organizations, private philanthropies, and the State Department—influenced American politics, especially on issues such as gay and lesbian rights, reproductive health, racial justice, and health care policy, even in the face of the expansion of the New Right. Infectious Ideas places recent social, cultural, and political events in a new light, making an important contribution to our understanding of the United States at the end of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807833148
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Brier is assistant professor of gender and women's studies and history at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Table of Contents

1 Affection is our best protection : early AIDS activism and the legacy of gay liberation 11

2 Marketing safe sex : the politics of sexuality, race, and class in San Francisco, 1983-1991 45

3 What should the federal government do to deal with the problem of AIDS? : the Reagan administration's response 78

4 AIDS, reproductive rights, and economic empowerment : the Ford Foundation's response to AIDS in the global south, 1987-1995 122

5 Drugs into bodies, bodies into health care : the AIDS coalition to unleash power and the struggle over how best to fight AIDS 156

Epilogue We struggle against it together : the South African AIDS Alliance, 1996-2003 190

Notes 201

Bibliography 253

Index 279

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