Sexual Interactions And Hiv Risk

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Overview

How sexual risk is negotiated betwen partners is an area of considerable theoretical interest, with the dominant models of analysis focusing on individual decisions to engage in sexual behaviour and relying on "rational" decision-making. This work, based on the findings from work coordinated by the Centre d'Etudes Sociologiques in Brussels, offers a social critique of the theories and perspectives which have currently been brought to bear in the study of sexual risk behaviour and HIV. Leading European researchers offer a conceptual framework for analysis based on sexual interactions and their social context. The practical relevance of new perspectives on sexual behaviour in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention is also discussed.

Offers detailed critique of the theories & perspectives of sexual behavior & HIV risk, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748403462
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/24/1997
  • Series: Social Aspects of AIDS Series
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.59 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Series Editor's Preface
Introduction
Acknowledgments
Sect. I Sexual Interaction and Risk-related Behaviour 1
Ch. 1 Social Networks and Normative Tensions 6
Ch. 2 Norms of Communication and Communication as a Norm in the Intimate Social System 22
Ch. 3 Relationships between Sexual Partners and Ways of Adapting to the Risk of AIDS: Landmarks for a Relationship-oriented Conceptual Framework 44
Ch. 4 Interaction and Risk-related Behaviour: Theoretical and Heuristic Landmarks 59
Sect. II From Individual to Interaction 75
Ch. 5 From Individual Properties to Interactional Processes 83
Ch. 6 Understanding HIV Risk-related Behaviour: A Critical Overview of Current Models 100
Ch. 7 From Rational Individual to Actor Ensnared in a Web of Affective and Sexual Relationships 127
Sect. III Interaction and its Socio-cultural Context 135
Ch. 8 The Relevance of a Macrosociological Perspective on Sexuality for an Understanding of the Risks of HIV Infection 142
Ch. 9 Rationality and Preventive Measures: The Ambivalence of the Social Discourse on AIDS 159
Ch. 10 Operationalizing Theories for Further Research 181
Sect. IV From Theory to Prevention 189
Ch. 11 The Place of Time in Understanding Sexual Behaviour and Designing HIV/AIDS Prevention Programs 196
Ch. 12 Norms of Relationship and Normative Tensions 223
Ch. 13 New Conceptual Perspectives and Prevention 234
Glossary 246
Notes on Contributors 253
Index 258
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