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Gender and HIV/AIDS

Critical Perspectives from the Developing World, 1st Edition

By Nana K. Poku

Edited by Jelke Boesten


216 pages

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pub: 2009-04-28
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Gender issues are central to the causes and impact of the ongoing AIDS epidemic. The editors bring together cutting edge contemporary scholarship on gender and AIDS in one volume. They address questions related to gender and sexuality, how women and men live the epidemic differently and how such differences lead to different outcomes. The volume joins research on Africa, Asia and Latin America and illustrates how the epidemic has different gendered characteristics, causes and consequences in different regions. Collectively, the chapters demonstrate the fundamental ways that gender influences the spread of the disease, its impact and the success of prevention efforts. This scholarly, interdisciplinary volume provides a comprehensive introduction to the themes and issues of gender, AIDS and global public health and informs students, policy makers and practitioners of the complexity of the gendered nature of AIDS.


'…innovative and important in extending our understanding of how gender and sexual identities shape HIV epidemics in different parts of the world. It explores the experiences of both women and men and highlights the impact of gender on their access to economic and social support and to health care.' Lesley Doyal, University of Bristol, UK 'As the HIV/AIDS epidemic matures it is becoming ever more apparent how important gender issues are, especially in the developing world. Gender determines who is most likely to be infected, how people are affected, and their response. This perceptive collection of papers is a valuable addition to both the literature and the conceptualization of gender perspectives.' Alan Whiteside, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa 'Gender and HIV/AIDS provides a sobering outline of the multi-layered and entangled structures that place women in vulnerable positions in their communities and highlights the struggle we face as scholars, politicians, policy writers, and AIDS/HIV program leaders to improve the sexual health of women, men, and children worldwide.' Journal of International Women's Studies

About the Author/Editor

Jelke Boesten is a Lecturer in Social Development in the School of Politics and International Studies at the Universtiy of Leeds, UK. Nana K. Poku, Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley, USA .

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The benefits of globalization are potentially enormous, as a result of the increased sharing of ideas, cultures, life-saving technologies and efficient production processes. Yet globalization is under trial, partly because these benefits are not yet reaching hundreds of millions of the world's poor and partly because globalization has introduced new kinds of international problems and conflicts. Turmoil in one part of the world now spreads rapidly to others, through terrorism, armed conflict, environmental degradation or disease. This timely series provides a robust and multi-disciplinary assessment of the asymmetrical nature of globalization. Books in the series encompass a variety of areas, including global health and the politics of governance, poverty and insecurity, gender and health and the implications of global pandemics.

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