Making Sense of AIDS: Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia

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In Melanesia, rates of HIV infection are among the highest in the Pacific and increasing rapidly, with grave humanitarian, development, and political implications. There is a great need for social research on HIV/AIDS in the region to provide better insights into the sensitive issues surrounding HIV transmission. This collection, the first book on HIV and AIDS in the Pacific region, gathers together stunning and original accounts of the often surprising ways that people make sense of the AIDS epidemic in various parts of Melanesia. The volume addresses substantive issues concerning AIDS and contemporary sexualities, relations of power, and moralities-themes that provide a powerful backdrop for twenty-first century understandings of the tensions between sexuality, religion, and politics in many parts of the world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824831936
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/30/2008
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Shirley Lindenbaum Lindenbaum, Shirley

Maps

Introduction Richard Eves Eves, Richard Leslie Butt Butt, Leslie

1 When There's No Accessing Basic Health Care: Local Politics and Responses to HIV/AIDS at Lake Kopiago, Papua New Guinea Nicole Haley Haley, Nicole 24

2 "It's Mutual Attraction": Transvestites and the Risk of HIV Transmission in Urban Papua Jack Morin Morin, Jack 41

3 Fear and Loathing in Papua New Guinea: Sexual Health in a Nation under Siege Lawrence J. Hammar Hammar, Lawrence J. 60

4 Why Are Kanak Women More Vulnerable than Others to HIV? Ethnographic and Statistical Insights from New Caledonia Christine Salomon Salomon, Christine Christine Hamelin Hamelin, Christine 80

5 Buying Betel and Selling Sex: Contested Boundaries, Risk Milieus, and Discourses about HIV/AIDS in the Markham Valley, Papua New Guinea Bettina Beer Beer, Bettina 97

6 Silence Speaks Volumes: Elite Responses to AIDS in Highlands Papua Leslie Butt Butt, Leslie 116

7 The Trouble with Trousers: Gossip, Kastom, and Sexual Culture in Vanuatu Maggie Cummings Cummings, Maggie 133

8 Love as Sacrifice: The Romantic Underground and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS in Manokwari, Papua Sarah Hewat Hewat, Sarah 150

9 Smoke from Fire: Desire and Secrecy in Auki, Solomon Islands Holly Buchanan-Aruwafu Buchanan-Aruwafu, Holly Rose Maebiru Maebiru, Rose 168

10 "You Have to Understand: Some of Us Are Glad AIDS Has Arrived": Christianity and Condoms among the Huli, Papua New Guinea Holly Wardlow Wardlow, Holly 187

11 Moral Reform and Miraculous Cures: Christian Healing and AIDS in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea Richard Eves Eves, Richard 206

12 SikAIDS:Deconstructing the Awareness Campaign in Rural West New Britain, Papua New Guinea Naomi M. McPherson McPherson, Naomi M. 224

13 Fitting Condoms on Culture: Rethinking Approaches to HIV Prevention in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea Katherine Lepani Lepani, Katherine 246

Notes 267

Bibliography 279

Contributors 307

Index 309

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