AIDS in Africa and the Caribbean by George Clement Bond, John Kreniske, Ida Susser, Joan Vincent

By George Clement Bond, John Kreniske, Ida Susser, Joan Vincent

This ebook bargains targeted ethnographic reports from Africa and the Caribbean to give an explanation for AIDS in an international and comparative third-world context. The essays flow past clinical or epidemiological types, explaining the epidemic in its financial, social, political, and historical contexts.

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19901, arid in the Gambia (Pickering, Todd, Bunn et al. " Are ""protitutes" always marginal. women? Not invariably so. The Medical Researeh Council project in the Gambia found that though Cambian sex wrkers erne: %am low e c o n o ~ sbtus c families the Senegalese ones mostly did not. AIDS 19 less educatecl and more often from rural areas (Pickering, Todd, Dunn et al. 1992:82). Even if sex workers me on the fringes of the social settings in which they ply lheir trade, they have not necessaily been rejected by their families or nities of origin (though it may not alwilys be known or admitted how they earn their living).

Clustering of cases and pockets of infection within famifies and neighborhoods is to be expected, given the availability and acceptability of people as sexual pastners and the restricted networks within which most sexuaX relations will occur (de Zalduonda, Msamanga and Chen IBSE)),though little is known in detail about the nature of socio-sexual networks and their ethnic, organizational and religious associations. Obbo hiis brieay described social and supportive networb in Ifgmda, showing that there is o h ""vvidespreadendogamous mating mong friends and eoworkers" "bbo 1993b3952).

Ern science and technology has been, the response in the area of policy and behavioral interventions has been rudderless and feeble (O'Malley 1989). This, too, is consistent with the major features of Western cultures and societies, which, in general, find the natural world more responsive to study and contraf than the social, In the ""developing world," the experience has, from the first, been digerent. In those countries of the developing world in which AIDS first appenred, it did not re~eivethe iate prodnence it assumed in the Unitc3;dStates and Europ.

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