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HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa

Understanding the Implications of Culture & Context

Jean Baxen (editor) Anders Breidlid (editor)

ISBN: 9781919895185

Publication Date: Mar 2009

Format: Paperback

Popular understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa is riddled with contradiction and speculation. This is revealed in HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, which explores the various contexts in which debate about HIV/AIDS takes place and examines how the pandemic is perceived by scholars, religious leaders and traditional healers, among others.
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Popular understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa is riddled with contradiction and speculation. This is revealed in HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, which explores the various contexts in which debate about HIV/AIDS takes place and examines how the pandemic is perceived by scholars, religious leaders and traditional healers, among others – in communities in and around South Africa. Using a social theory lens, the book focuses on not only the cultural and contextual practices, but also the methodological and epistemological orientations around HIV/AIDS in education that shape community and individual interpretations of this disease.

The book avoids a simplistic approach to the pandemic, by exploring the complex and sometimes contradictory spaces in which HIV/AIDS discourses are negotiated, and thus goes some way to present a more hermeneutic profile of the HIV/AIDS problem. HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is as much about identity construction as it is about HIV/AIDS. The authors recognise the interrelatedness of sex, sexuality, identity and HIV/AIDS in the shaping of individual and collective identities and have thus gone beyond merely asking questions about what people know.
Pages 160
Dimensions 245 x 168
Date Published 31 Mar 2009
Publisher UCT Press
Subject/s AIDS: social aspects  
Jean Baxen is associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Rhodes University, South Africa where she teaches courses on HIV/AIDS and social identity, research methodology and contemporary policy reform. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, researcher and consultant on curriculum and HIV/AIDS.

Anders Breidlid is professor of International Education at Oslo University College, Norway, and has conducted research in South Africa, Sudan, Cuba and Chile. He headed, with Jean Baxen, a National Research Foundation-funded research project on Cultural Values, HIV/AIDS and Education, which resulted in this book. He has been visiting professor at UCT (1997-98); the Instituto Pedagogico Latinamericano y Caribeno, Havana (2005); and the Pontifica Universidad Catolica, Santiago/Villarrica (2008-09).

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