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Unimagined community [electronic resource] :sex, networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa

By: Thornton, Robert J.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: California series in public anthropology: Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008Description: 1 online resource (305 p.).ISBN: 9780520942653 (electronic bk.); 0520942655 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- epidemiology | Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- prevention & control | Anthropology, Cultural -- methods | Health Policy | Sexual Behavior | Socioeconomic Factors | AIDS (Disease) -- Uganda -- Epidemiology | AIDS (Disease) -- South Africa -- Epidemiology | AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- Uganda | AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- South Africa | HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / AIDS & HIV | MEDICAL / AIDS & HIV | South Africa -- epidemiology | Uganda -- epidemiology | South Africa -- Epidemiology | Uganda -- Epidemiology | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General | AIDS (Disease) -- Epidemiology | AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects | Epidemiology | South Africa | UgandaGenre/Form: Electronic books.DDC classification: 362.19697920096761 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Ethnic Names and Languages; Preface; 1. Introduction: Meaning and Structure in the Study of AIDS; 2. Comparing Uganda and South Africa: Sexual Networks, Family Structure, and Property; 3. The Social Determinants of Sexual Network Configuration; 4. The Tightening Chain: Civil Society and Uganda's Response to HIV/AIDS; 5. AIDS in Uganda: Years of Chaos and Recovery; 6. Siliimu as Native Category: AIDS as Local Knowledge in Uganda; 7. The Indigenization of AIDS: Governance and the Political Response in Uganda.
8. South Africa's Struggle: The Omission and Commission of Truth about AIDS9. Imagining AIDS: South Africa's Viral Politics; 10. Flows of Sexual Substance: The Sexual Network in South Africa; 11. Preventing AIDS: A New Paradigm for a New Strategy; Notes; References; Index.
Summary: 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 networksrather than changes in individual behaviorwere responsible for these radical differences in HIV.
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Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Ethnic Names and Languages; Preface; 1. Introduction: Meaning and Structure in the Study of AIDS; 2. Comparing Uganda and South Africa: Sexual Networks, Family Structure, and Property; 3. The Social Determinants of Sexual Network Configuration; 4. The Tightening Chain: Civil Society and Uganda's Response to HIV/AIDS; 5. AIDS in Uganda: Years of Chaos and Recovery; 6. Siliimu as Native Category: AIDS as Local Knowledge in Uganda; 7. The Indigenization of AIDS: Governance and the Political Response in Uganda.

8. South Africa's Struggle: The Omission and Commission of Truth about AIDS9. Imagining AIDS: South Africa's Viral Politics; 10. Flows of Sexual Substance: The Sexual Network in South Africa; 11. Preventing AIDS: A New Paradigm for a New Strategy; Notes; References; Index.

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 networksrather than changes in individual behaviorwere responsible for these radical differences in HIV.

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