AIDS: Rights, Risk and Reason (Social Aspects of AIDS) by Peter Aggleton, Peter Davies, Graham Hart

By Peter Aggleton, Peter Davies, Graham Hart

According to articles selected from the 6th annual 'Social facets of AIDS' convention, this publication specializes in up to date debts of HIV/AIDS learn and linked social/sexual matters.

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In fact, when asked to identify their source of information for believing in ‘African AIDS’, some participants simply gave an explanation for why AIDS was common in Africa rather than identifying a source. African values were seen as militating against the practice of safer sex. According to one white civil engineer: ‘I’d heard that on a radio documentary…it’s a macho thing, they [black men] won’t use condoms’ (Engineers). In addition, black people were seen as ignorant. As one prison officer declared: ‘They’re ignorant of hygiene.

24 Lay beliefs about contagion in relation to the disease were also widespread (Warwick, Aggleton and Homans, 1988). ‘Moral panic’ theory presupposes a top-down media effect and arises from a view which stresses the media as an agent for producing the compliance of the masses, a concept which has begun to be critically analyzed by historians of the press (Hiley, 1991). It would perhaps be more realistic to analyze a symbiotic relationship where popular views of disease were to some degree mediated—and reinforced—by the press.

The laboratory theory also ‘fits’ with some people’s understanding of government secrecy and corruption and officials’ disregard both for the truth and for public health; Bhopal and Chernobyl were given as illustrations here. A group of Glasgow women, for example, discussed the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power station and its effects on Scottish farmers and consumers. Resp. 1: Resp. 2: Resp. 1: Resp. 2: Resp. 1: They’ve got some farms that still can’t sell their things, they’re still killing their cattle, their sheep, you name it.

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