Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa

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Oktober 2010



In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIVpositive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender andintimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in aninformal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oralhistories, and archival materials, Mark Hunter details the everyday socialinequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths. Hunter shows how first apartheidand then chronic unemployment have become entangled with ideas about femininity, masculinity, love, and sex and have created an economy of exchange that perpetuatesthe transmission of HIV/AIDS. This sobering ethnography challenges conventionalunderstandings of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.


Acknowledgments; A Note on Racial Terms; List of Acronyms 1. Gender and AIDS in an Unequal World; 2. Mandeni: "The AIDS Capital of KwaZulu-Natal" Part 1 Revisiting Intimacy and Apartheid 3. Providing Love: Male Migration and Building a Rural Home; 4. Urban Respectability: Sundumbili Township, 1964-94; 5. Shacks in the Cracks of Apartheid: Industrial Women and the Changing Political Economy and Geography of Intimacy Part 2 Intimacy after Democracy, 1994 6. Postcolonial Geographies: Being "Left Behind" in the New South Africa; 7. Independent Women: Rights amid Wrongs, and Men's Broken Promises; 8. Failing Men: Modern Masculinities amid Unemployment; 9. All You Need Is Love? The Materiality of Everyday Sex and Love Part 3 Interventions 10. The Politics of Gender, Intimacy, and AIDS Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index


Mark Hunter is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences/Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Research Associate in the School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.


"Beautifully, powerfully, and movingly written. The best analysis I have seen not only of the reasons for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa, but of its wider socioeconomic, cultural, and political dynamics." Shula Marks, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London "One of the most exceptional studies of the response to HIV and AIDS." Richard Parker, Columbia University "This remarkable, readable book uses ethnography and historical analysis to offer a fresh look at the HIV and AIDS pandemic in South Africa. [Love in the Time of AIDS] is rich in ethnographic detail, especially life stories, and very convincing in its analysis... [A]n outstanding monograph from an important new scholar of Southern Africa." - The International Journal of African Historical Studies "The ethnography is at its strongest and most insightful when Hunter explores the intricacies of love and gender through detailed ethnography such as the inclusion of love letters and text messages and families' reactions and individuals to death and dying in the context of HIV/AIDS." - American Ethnologist
EAN: 9780253222398
ISBN: 0253222397
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2010
Seitenanzahl: 303 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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