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Unimagined Community Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa

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ISBN-10: 0520255534

ISBN-13: 9780520255531

Edition: 2008

Authors: Robert J. Thornton

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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…    
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Book details

Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

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