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Culture in Action

Eleanor Preston-Whyte

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032535.003.0014
Culture in Action

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This chapter examines cultural reactions to the social response to HIV/AIDS in Africa. It suggests that political economy issues explain HIV patterns in Africa far more than do cultural issues. It illustrates some of the ways in which what is often loosely referred to as “culture” operates in a number of African settings where AIDS is common. It explains that among the most important problems facing Africans in controlling the spread of HIV are widespread poverty and deprivation, inequality of access to opportunities for achieving a healthy and adequate lifestyle, and a lack of access to public resources for the treatment of ill-health and disease.

Keywords: HIV/AIDS; cultural reactions; social responses; Africa; political economy; poverty

Chapter.  8845 words. 

Subjects: Ethical Issues and Debates

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