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HIV in South Africa

Talking about the big thing, 1st Edition

By Corinne Squire


240 pages

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Winner of the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize 2008

Of approximately 37 million HIV positive people in the world, 24.7 million live in sub-Saharan Africa and about 5..5 million in South Africa. Despite its relatively powerful economy and infrastructure, South Africa has been dramatically affected by the HIV pandemic. Using narrative analysis of a three year interview study and textual analysis of political materials, HIV in South Africa examines the impact of HIV on people's everyday lives in the country. Examining the relationship between personal accounts of living with HIV and wider medical, political and religious discourses, the book also highlights the significance of class, race and gender on individuals' experiences.

These engaging stories of everyday lives provide an accessible way to connect with HIV as a health and development issue. Fascinating, challenging and constructive, this is an important contribution in an area of great social relevance.

The ebook is available free of charge to those with addresses on the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index of Medium and Low Rankings (see, who can apply to the following address:


'This book will make fascinating reading for everyone working in HIV prevention and for nurses with a general interest in HIV and international issues. We need more books such as this, which offer insight into all aspects of living with HIV. When collected with the skills shown here, their experiences can help us in developing the services here and overseas that people really need.' - Drew Payne, Nursing Standards

Table of Contents

1. HIV in South Africa 2. The Othering and Owning of HIV 3. Health and Healing: Traditional and Western Medical Stories 4. Accepting HIV: Conversion Narratives 5. 'Like on Ricki'?: HIV, Speaking and Silence 6. Talking Politics 7. Conclusion: HIV Futures

About the Author

Corinne Squire is Co-Director of the Centre for Narrative Research at the University of East London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Public Health
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International