"Barnett and Blaikie's AIDS IN AFRICA is an important contribution to the AIDS literature in several critical respects. First, it links the course of AIDS with patterns of development in developing countries, and stresses the complete socio-economic context of the disease. The complicated interrelationship between women's economic and social position and the spread of AIDS through the continent is explained on a theoretical basis and demonstrated on a practical level with material from their field studies in Uganda.
Additionally, Barnett and Blaikie present preliminary data and a model of the impact of AIDS mortality on agriculture, where labor loss threatens the existence of families surviving extensive AIDS losses....Their use of household cycles in relation to AIDS mortality adds a new perspective to the application of family studies in demography. In short, the book is seminal. I recommend it for professionals in public health, development, women's studies, anthropology, agriculture, and AIDS studies, and for students in any of those fields. In fact, the book is ideal for students because it raises ideas crisply, succinctly, and provocatively, providing rich material for discussion of this intensely important subject." Susan S. Hunter, Ph.D.
"Fresh, original, and compelling....The profound demographic, social, and economic repercussions of HIV/AIDS on individuals (women in particular), households, and communities are presented carefully and comprehensively. The analysis is buttressed with new empirical data, and Barnett and Blaikie are sensitive to the complexity and nuances of their materials. The book will be useful as both a professional reference and a text for graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in development studies, medical anthropology, medical geography, public health, and so on." Charles M. Good, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
"Barnett and Blaikie have written a book that should have major influence on the development of future strategies to control the spread and ameliorate the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world...AIDS in Africa is an original, groundbreaking study....The authors' treatment of how behavioral and structural factors impact on households attempting to cope with AIDS is noteworthy."AIDS Education and Prevention
AIDS Education and Prevention
"...provide one of the first comprehensive analyses of the development implications of HIV/AIDS....a useful corrective to the predominantly medical and physical focus of previous research....the approach is an excellent way to illustrate the extremely diverse impacts and household coping methods, and to bring people's faces before us in accounting for this tragedy....well prepared and readable...."Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
"Well written and includes case studies, which provide readers a vivid portrayal....The authors provide new and creative theoretical constructs on how AIDS will affect families and the society."Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the American Medical Association
An analysis of the social and economic consequence of AIDS in Africa, with special reference to Uganda, where the authors were involved in an 18-month research project. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)