Bearing Witness: Gay Men's Health Crisis And The Politics Of Aids, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Bearing Witness

Gay Men's Health Crisis And The Politics Of Aids, 1st Edition

By Philip M Kayal


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This study tells how one community-based initiative - Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York - overcame the obstacles of homophobia and fear of AIDS by organizing groups of volunteers who "bear witness" to the suffering of people with AIDS. The book explores the gay community's response to AIDS, examining the relationship between personal motiv

Table of Contents

Introduction -- PART ONE AIDS: The Issues -- 1 Getting Involved -- 2 The Sin Stigma and Gay/AIDS Volunteerism -- 3 "Morality" and AIDS Issues -- 4 Democratization and the Response to AIDS -- PART TWO Ideology: Volunteerism and AIDS -- 5 Volunteerism, Conununity and Blaming the Victim -- 6 The Political Economy of Volunteerisin and AIDS Prevention/Education -- 7 Who Volunteers: Minority Volunteerism and GMHC -- 8 Gay Volunteerism Before and After AIDS -- 9 Gay/AIDS Volunteerism: A Question of Altruism? -- 10 Volunteerism and Voluntary Associations -- PART THREE The Significance of Gay/MDS Volunteerism -- 11 GMHC and the Community Interest: Institutionalization and Successful Volunteerism -- 12 GMHC as Organizational Success and Problem -- 13 Homophobia, Bearing Witness, and Empowerment -- 14 Gay/AIDS Volunteerism as Political Innovation -- Epilogue: Toward the Future

About the Author

Philip M. Kayal is professor of sociology at Seton Hall University. He has published extensively in the sociology of religion, ethnicity, and homophobia. His current interests are the nonprofit sector and the study of gay/AIDS volunteerism.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies