Unimagined Community Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa
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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.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
|List of Illustrations|
|Note on Ethnic Names and Languages|
|Introduction: Meaning and Structure in the Study of AIDS|
|Comparing Uganda and South Africa: Sexual Networks, Family Structure, and Property|
|The Social Determinants of Sexual Network Configuration|
|The Tightening Chain: Civil Society and Uganda's Response to HIV/AIDS|
|AIDS in Uganda: Years of Chaos and Recovery|
|Siliimu as Native Category: AIDS as Local Knowledge in Uganda|
|The Indigenization of AIDS: Governance and the Political Response in Uganda|
|South Africa's Struggle: The Omission and Commission of Truth about AIDS|
|Imagining AIDS: South Africa's Viral Politics|
|Flows of Sexual Substance: The Sexual Network in South Africa|
|Preventing AIDS: A New Paradigm for a New Strategy|