Synopses & Reviews
"Barnett and Blaikie's AIDS IN AFRICA is an important contribution to the AIDS literature in several critical respects. First, it links the course of AIDS with patterns of development in developing countries, and stresses the complete socio-economic context of the disease. The complicated interrelationship between women's economic and social position and the spread of AIDS through the continent is explained on a theoretical basis and demonstrated on a practical level with material from their field studies in Uganda.
Additionally, Barnett and Blaikie present preliminary data and a model of the impact of AIDS mortality on agriculture, where labor loss threatens the existence of families surviving extensive AIDS losses....Their use of household cycles in relation to AIDS mortality adds a new perspective to the application of family studies in demography.
In short, the book is seminal. I recommend it for professionals in public health, development, women's studies, anthropology, agriculture, and AIDS studies, and for students in any of those fields. In fact, the book is ideal for students because it raises ideas crisply, succinctly, and provocatively, providing rich material for discussion of this intensely important subject." --Susan S. Hunter, Ph.D.
"Fresh, original, and compelling....The profound demographic, social, and economic repercussions of HIV/AIDS on individuals (women in particular), households, and communities are presented carefully and comprehensively. The analysis is buttressed with new empirical data, and Barnett and Blaikie are sensitive to the complexity and nuances of their materials. The book will be useful as both a professional reference and a text for graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in development studies, medical anthropology, medical geography, public health, and so on." --Charles M. Good, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
"Barnett and Blaikie have written a book that should have major influence on the development of future strategies to control the spread and ameliorate the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa and elsewhere in the developing world...AIDS in Africa is an original, groundbreaking study....The authors' treatment of how behavioral and structural factors impact on households attempting to cope with AIDS is noteworthy."--AIDS Education and Prevention AIDS Education and Prevention
"...provide one of the first comprehensive analyses of the development implications of HIV/AIDS....a useful corrective to the predominantly medical and physical focus of previous research....the approach is an excellent way to illustrate the extremely diverse impacts and household coping methods, and to bring people's faces before us in accounting for this tragedy....well prepared and readable...."--Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
"Well written and includes case studies, which provide readers a vivid portrayal....The authors provide new and creative theoretical constructs on how AIDS will affect families and the society."--Journal of the American Medical Association Journal of the American Medical Association
Terrifying in its potential and devastating in its impact, AIDS is now widespread in a number of African countries. Estimates suggest that as many as five an a half million people on the continent are currently carrying the virus. The AIDS epidemic is among the most severe problems faced by Africans, already weakened by drought, poverty, civil war, and debt. Tony Barnett and Piers Blaikie, who have studied the impact of AIDS in Uganda, present a sensitive and compelling analysis of human cost of this dread disease in Africa.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -189) and index.
Table of Contents
The downstream impact of AIDS in Africa -- The demographic impact of AIDS in Africa -- Coping with AIDS: rationality, explanation and action -- Coping with AIDS: the downstream social and economic effects -- Vulnerability and the ecology of risk in Buganda -- How households, families and communities cope with AIDS -- The special case of orphans -- The impact of AIDS on farming systems -- The way ahead-AIDS in Africa: the wider picture, current responses and the future.