Unimagined Community: Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa / Edition 1

Unimagined Community: Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa / Edition 1

by Robert Thornton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520255534

ISBN-13: 9780520255531

Pub. Date: 09/02/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

This groundbreaking work, with its unique anthropological approach, sheds new light on a central conundrum surrounding AIDS in Africa. Robert J. Thornton explores why HIV prevalence fell during the 1990s in Uganda despite that country's having one of Africa's highest fertility rates, while during the same period HIV prevalence rose in South Africa, the country with

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This groundbreaking work, with its unique anthropological approach, sheds new light on a central conundrum surrounding AIDS in Africa. Robert J. Thornton explores why HIV prevalence fell during the 1990s in Uganda despite that country's having one of Africa's highest fertility rates, while during the same period HIV prevalence rose in South Africa, the country with Africa's lowest fertility rate. Thornton finds that culturally and socially determined differences in the structure of sexual networks—rather than changes in individual behavior—were responsible for these radical differences in HIV prevalence.
Incorporating such factors as property, mobility, social status, and political authority into our understanding of AIDS transmission, Thornton's analysis also suggests new avenues for fighting the disease worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520255531
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/02/2008
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,033,766
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Note on Ethnic Names and Languages

1 Introduction: Meaning and Structure in the Study of AIDS 1

2 Comparing Uganda and South Africa: Sexual Networks, Family Structure, and Property 33

3 The Social Determinants of Sexual Network Configuration 56

4 The Tightening Chain: Civil Society and Uganda's Response to HIV/AIDS 83

5 AIDS in Uganda: Years of Chaos and Recovery 100

6 Siliimu as Native Category: AIDS as Local Knowledge in Uganda 115

7 The Indigenization of AIDS: Governance and the Political Response in Uganda 130

8 South Africa's Struggle: The Omission and Commission of Truth about AIDS 149

9 Imagining AIDS: South Africa's Viral Politics 171

10 Flows of Sexual Substance: The Sexual Network in South Africa 195

11 Preventing AIDS: A New Paradigm for a New Strategy 220

Notes 235

References 257

Index 275

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