Confounding Conventional Wisdom

Richard B. Lee and Ida Susser

in AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032535
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039305 | DOI:
Confounding Conventional Wisdom

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This chapter examines how HIV/AIDS has impacted Ju/'hoansi, a traditional foraging community in Namibia. It suggests that gender equality among the Ju/'hoansi may be a factor in the lower HIV rates within that population. The chapter attempts to answer questions concerning the reasons behind the rapid growth in HIV/AIDS rate in the period between 2002 and 2004 and the possibilities for turning the situation around so that a worst-case scenario can be avoided.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; Ju/'hoansi; Namibia; gender equality; worst-case scenario

Chapter.  6963 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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