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Examining the response of a changing community to an issue ...
Examining the response of a changing community to an issue laced with stigma, The Boundaries of Blackness offers valuable insight into how the politics of the African-American community--and other marginal groups--will evolve in the twenty-first century.
|Ch. 1||The Boundaries of Black Politics||1|
|Ch. 2||Marginalization: Power, Identity, and Membership||33|
|Ch. 3||Enter AIDS: Context and Confrontation||78|
|Ch. 4||Invisible to the Centers for Disease Control||119|
|Ch. 5||All the Black People Fit to Print||149|
|Ch. 6||Conspiracies and Controversies||186|
|Ch. 7||Unsuspecting Women and the Dreaded Bisexual||220|
|Ch. 8||Willing to Serve, but Not to Lead||250|
|Ch. 9||Women, Children, and Funding||293|
|Ch. 10||AIDS and Beyond||339|
Posted August 19, 2001
I was reluctant to read or buy this book because I figured that a) I didn't want to hear a white person trash 'the' black community, and b) I didn't want to read a political science book that couldn't possibly cover any new ground on AIDS that fiction writers and progressive activists haven't already done. Fortunately, I was surprised on both fronts. Cohen is an African-American woman (she never explains how she got the last name Cohen) and does try to be mindful of being 'another black academic out to trash black folks' (xi). In addition, she provides a poli. sci. framework in which to look at how African-Americans prioritized or failed to prioritize AIDS that I think could be used to analyze numerous other issues. Cohen investigates black people's response to AIDS through medicine, the press, religious organization, and the Congress from 1981 to 1993. The book is not perfect. Chapters are completely misnamed. (One chapter about the 'dreaded bisexual' only discussed bisexual men for a page at most.) She at times is overly critical of black institutions. (She often states that the black press never covered HIV+ black gay men or HIV+ women activists and I can think of numerous articles in the magazines she examines which actually did what she wanted.) Nevertheless, this was an incredible book. I encourage everyone to purchase it, especially those interested in black gay issues or African-American studies.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.