Jenny Trinitapoli and Alexander Weinreb

in Religion and AIDS in Africa

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195335941
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979080 | DOI:

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Beginning with first-hand observations of responses to the epidemic in Kenya and Malawi, this chapter introduces the central argument of this book: AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa cannot be understood without reference to religion. The chapter also provides a first glimpse of the book’s terrain. These include: changes in local discourses about salvation, sickness, and caregiving in the wake of AIDS; international policy debates focusing on the relative efficacy of abstinence vs. condoms as the primary approach to HIV prevention; analogies to major historical epidemics, highlighting that the tensions between different moral interpretations of “plague” are a universal tendency, not an AIDS-specific phenomenon. Finally, the data sources, general theoretical approaches, and layout of the book are described.

Keywords: plague; HIV; AIDS; religion; Africa; historical epidemics

Chapter.  3675 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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