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AIDS in Context

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335941.003.0001
AIDS in Context

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The central aim of this chapter is to situate AIDS and religion historically in the African context. It provides an overview of the AIDS epidemic and the diversity in prevalence within and across countries in the region. It also provides an overview of larger social transformations that have been coterminous with the emergence of AIDS. These include: democratization, the rising esteem of religious leaders, the increasing centrality of NGOs, the postcolonial goal imperative to seek “African” solutions to African problems, and the rapid rise of Pentecostalism. The chapter’s central argument is that AIDS, religion, and the relationship between the two can only be properly understood in relation to these wider types of change. All have pushed religion, broadly defined, to the center of AIDS-related discourse and debate in sub-Saharan Africa.

Keywords: democratization; religion; Africa; NGOs; religious leaders

Chapter.  6014 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religious Studies

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