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Author Thornton, Robert J.
Title Unimagined community : sex, networks, and AIDS in Uganda and South Africa.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008.

Author Thornton, Robert J.
Series California Series in Public Anthropology
California series in public anthropology.
Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Uganda -- Epidemiology.
AIDS (Disease) -- South Africa -- Epidemiology.
AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- Uganda.
AIDS (Disease) -- Social aspects -- South Africa.
South Africa -- Epidemiology.
Uganda -- Epidemiology.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- epidemiology -- South Africa.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- epidemiology -- Uganda.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- prevention & control -- South Africa.
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome -- prevention & control -- Uganda.
Anthropology, Cultural -- methods -- South Africa.
Anthropology, Cultural -- methods -- Uganda.
Health Policy -- South Africa.
Health Policy -- Uganda.
Sexual Behavior -- South Africa.
Sexual Behavior -- Uganda.
Socioeconomic Factors -- South Africa.
Socioeconomic Factors -- Uganda.
Description 1 online resource (305 pages).
Contents Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Note on Ethnic Names and Languages; Preface; 1. Introduction: Meaning and Structure in the Study of AIDS; 2. Comparing Uganda and South Africa: Sexual Networks, Family Structure, and Property; 3. The Social Determinants of Sexual Network Configuration; 4. The Tightening Chain: Civil Society and Uganda's Response to HIV/AIDS; 5. AIDS in Uganda: Years of Chaos and Recovery; 6. Siliimu as Native Category: AIDS as Local Knowledge in Uganda; 7. The Indigenization of AIDS: Governance and the Political Response in Uganda.
8. South Africa's Struggle: The Omission and Commission of Truth about AIDS9. Imagining AIDS: South Africa's Viral Politics; 10. Flows of Sexual Substance: The Sexual Network in South Africa; 11. Preventing AIDS: A New Paradigm for a New Strategy; Notes; References; Index.
Summary This groundbreaking work, with its unique anthropological approach, sheds new light on a central conundrum surrounding AIDS in Africa. Robert J. Thornton explores why HIV prevalence fell during the 1990s in Uganda despite that country's having one of Africa's highest fertility rates, while during the same period HIV prevalence rose in South Africa, the country with Africa's lowest fertility rate. Thornton finds that culturally and socially determined differences in the structure of sexual networksrather than changes in individual behaviorwere responsible for these radical differences in HIV.
Note Print version record.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780520942653 (electronic bk.)
0520942655 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 9780520255531
OCLC # 609850137
Additional Format Print version: 9780520255531

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