Structural Intimacies Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic

ISBN-10: 0813560977

ISBN-13: 9780813560977

Edition: 2013

Authors: Sonja Mackenzie

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One of the most relevant social problems in contemporary American life is the continuing HIV epidemic in the Black population. With vivid ethnographic detail, this book brings together scholarship on the structural dimensions of the AIDS epidemic and the social construction of sexuality to assert that shifting forms of sexual stories—structural intimacies—are emerging, produced by the meeting of intimate lives and social structural patterns. These stories render such inequalities as racism, poverty, gender power disparities, sexual stigma, and discrimination as central not just to the dramatic, disproportionate spread of HIV in Black communities in the United States, but to the formation of Black sexualities.Sonja Mackenzie elegantly argues that structural vulnerability is felt—quite literally—in the blood, in the possibilities and constraints on sexual lives, and in the rhetorics of their telling. The circulation of structural intimacies in daily life and in the political domain reflects possibilities for seeking what Mackenzie callsintimate justiceat the nexus of cultural, economic, political, and moral spheres.Structural Intimaciespresents a compelling case: in an era of deepening medicalization of HIV/AIDS, public health must move beyond individual-level interventions to community-level health equity frames and policy changes
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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 6/6/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 204
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Storying Sexuality in the Black AIDS Epidemic
A Liquor Store on Every Corner: Intimate States of Alcohol and HIV / AIDS
Never a Black Brokeback Mountain: Sexual Silence and the "Down Low" in the Age of AIDS
Crazy Talk: The Conspiracy Counter-Narrative in the Black AIDS Epidemic
The President, the Preacher, and Race and Racism in the Obama Era
Appendix: Methodological Matters
Notes
References
Index
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