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California Series in Public Anthropology #20: Unimagined Community: Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa

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Publisher Comments:

"Like Durkheim in Suicide, Robert Thornton's audacious ambition is to reveal the collective causes of intimate personal behavior; and he takes as the critical zone for his investigation the hidden network linking sexual partners to society at large. Unimagined Community succeeds as a compellingly original study of AIDS and as a work of deep anthropology. This book is a tour de force, reflected in the consistently high quality of the writing which never flags."—Keith Hart, author of Money in an Unequal World

"Robert Thornton cuts an original and creative path through the massive AIDS literature assembled since the 1980s. Based on his view that sex is to be seen as a social relationship, not a behavior, he uses this as a building block in his analysis of the different configurations of sexual networks in Uganda and South Africa. Thornton departs from current purely epidemiological, demographic, sociological, and behavioral approaches, and also goes beyond the analysis and proposals for intervention to be found in most medical, public health, and policy studies. It is a study grand in conception and scale."—Shirley Lindenbaum, coauthor of The Time of AIDS

Synopsis:

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 authority into our understanding of AIDS transmission, Thornton's analysis also suggests new avenues for fighting the disease worldwide.

Synopsis:

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 authority into our understanding of AIDS transmission, Thornton's analysis also suggests new avenues for fighting the disease worldwide.

About the Author

Robert J. Thornton is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and author of The Early Writings of Bronislaw Malinowski and Space, Time, and Culture among the Iraqw of Tanzania. His articles have appeared in Current Anthropology and American Ethnologist.

Table of 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 Ugandas 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 Africas Struggle: The Omission and Commission of Truth about AIDS

9. Imagining AIDS: South Africas 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520255524
Subtitle:
Sex, Networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa
Publisher:
University of California Press
Author:
Thornton, Robert J.
Author:
Thornton, Robert
Subject:
AIDS (Disease)
Subject:
Epidemiology
Subject:
Forensic Medicine
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects.
Subject:
AIDS (Disease) - Uganda - Epidemiology
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Health and Medicine-Medical Specialties
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
California Series in Public Anthropology
Series Volume:
20
Publication Date:
20080902
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 b/w photographs, 13 line illustrations
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.75 in 0.14 lb

Related Subjects

Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » World History » General

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"Synopsis" by , 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 authority into our understanding of AIDS transmission, Thornton's analysis also suggests new avenues for fighting the disease worldwide.
"Synopsis" by ,
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 authority into our understanding of AIDS transmission, Thornton's analysis also suggests new avenues for fighting the disease worldwide.
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