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Making Sense of AIDS

Culture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia

Leslie Butt (editor) Richard Eves (editor)

ISBN: 9780824832490

Publication Date: May 2008

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

In Melanesia, rates of HIV infection are among the highest in the Pacific and increasing rapidly, with grave humanitarian, development, and political implications. This collection on HIV and AIDS in the Pacific region, gathers together accounts of the often surprising ways that people make sense of the AIDS epidemic in various parts of Melanesia.
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In Melanesia, rates of HIV infection are among the highest in the Pacific and increasing rapidly, with grave humanitarian, development, and political implications. There is a great need for social research on HIV/AIDS in the region to provide better insights into the sensitive issues surrounding HIV transmission. This collection, the first book on HIV and AIDS in the Pacific region, gathers together stunning and original accounts of the often surprising ways that people make sense of the AIDS epidemic in various parts of Melanesia. The volume addresses substantive issues concerning AIDS and contemporary sexualities, relations of power, and moralities - themes that provide a powerful backdrop for twenty-first century understandings of the tensions between sexuality, religion, and politics in many parts of the world.
Illustrations 11 illustrations, 2 maps
Pages 352
Date Published 30 May 2008
Publisher University of Hawai'i Press
Subject/s AIDS: social aspects  
Leslie Butt is associate professor in the Department of Pacific and Asian Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada. Richard Eves is Queen Elizabeth II Research Fellow at the Australian National University.

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