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Imagining AIDS: And the New Surveillance

in Global Sex

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226016061
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226016047 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.003.0005
Imagining AIDS: And the New Surveillance

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The politics of AIDS encompasses its regulation through state and international organizations, the development of a vast range of community responses, the political economy of health, and widespread cultural manifestations. The urgency of HIV/AIDS and the mobilization, interventions, and research generated by the epidemic introduced a new dimension to debates about sexuality. For moral conservatives AIDS seemed almost tailor-made as a rebuke to those who argued that it was possible to regard sex as recreation, and in many parts of the world—in Africa and the Caribbean as much as within the Catholic Church and the U.S. Senate—it was argued that the only meaningful response to AIDS was abstinence, celibacy, or at best mutual monogamy.

Keywords: AIDS; political economy; health; sexuality; recreation; abstinence; monogamy

Chapter.  7439 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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