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

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

by Leslie Butt
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0824832493

ISBN-13: 9780824832490

Pub. Date: 06/30/2008

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824832490
Publisher:
University of Hawaii Press, The
Publication date:
06/30/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Shirley Lindenbaum     vii
Acknowledgments     xv
Maps     xvi
Introduction   Richard Eves   Leslie Butt     1
When There's No Accessing Basic Health Care: Local Politics and Responses to HIV/AIDS at Lake Kopiago, Papua New Guinea   Nicole Haley     24
"It's Mutual Attraction": Transvestites and the Risk of HIV Transmission in Urban Papua   Jack Morin     41
Fear and Loathing in Papua New Guinea: Sexual Health in a Nation under Siege   Lawrence J. Hammar     60
Why Are Kanak Women More Vulnerable than Others to HIV? Ethnographic and Statistical Insights from New Caledonia   Christine Salomon   Christine Hamelin     80
Buying Betel and Selling Sex: Contested Boundaries, Risk Milieus, and Discourses about HIV/AIDS in the Markham Valley, Papua New Guinea   Bettina Beer     97
Silence Speaks Volumes: Elite Responses to AIDS in Highlands Papua   Leslie Butt     116
The Trouble with Trousers: Gossip, Kastom, and Sexual Culture in Vanuatu   Maggie Cummings     133
Love as Sacrifice: The Romantic Underground and Beliefs about HIV/AIDS in Manokwari, Papua   Sarah Hewat     150
Smoke from Fire: Desire and Secrecy in Auki, Solomon Islands   Holly Buchanan-Aruwafu   Rose Maebiru     168
"You Have to Understand: Some of Us Are Glad AIDS Has Arrived": Christianity and Condoms among the Huli, Papua New Guinea   Holly Wardlow     187
Moral Reform and Miraculous Cures: Christian Healing and AIDS in New Ireland, Papua New Guinea   Richard Eves     206
SikAIDS: Deconstructing the Awareness Campaign in Rural West New Britain, Papua New Guinea   Naomi M. McPherson     224
Fitting Condoms on Culture: Rethinking Approaches to HIV Prevention in the Trobriand Islands, Papua New Guinea   Katherine Lepani     246
Notes     267
Bibliography     279
Contributors     307
Index     309

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