Lessons from the Damned: Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Lessons from the Damned

Queers, Whores and Junkies Respond to AIDS, 1st Edition

By Nancy E. Stoller


176 pages

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Paperback: 9780415919616
pub: 1997-12-11
Hardback: 9780415919609
pub: 1998-01-20

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First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"[The book] illustrate[s] convincingly, sometimes brilliantly, how rarely-heard voices of the AIDS experience hold extraordinary lessons and leadership that can aid our continued struggle in the complicated and evolving milieu of the AIDS epidemic." -- Lambda Book Report

"This book records a special aspect of the history of the AIDS epidemic:the way that poor people, people of color, gay and lesbians, drug users, and woemn have built a social movement to oppose AIDS' devastating impact." It speaks specifically how racism, sexism, and class have limited and energized the work of community organizations. Her findings are not meant to criticize the organizations, but rather to be open-minded in how they operated, worked with their members, and completed for funds ever dwindling government allocations AIDS BOOK REVIEW JOURNAL."

"Stoller is fair and even-handed…Her analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of different political and organizational models is particularly useful…" -- Bonnie B. Spanier, SUNY Albany Signs

"Nancy Stoller ponders the implications raised by the formation of hundreds of marginal organizations hatched by the onslaught on AIDS. She has taken the diverse and often damned outcasts and shown how they have affected not only the epidemic, but gay culture itself." -- Genre

"Lessons from the Damned is a must-read for every employee, volunteer, and client of every AIDS organization in the country. It is a powerful, frightening wake-up call to AIDS service providers, warning that an increase in bureaucracy and `official' financial assistance can easily lead to a decrease in community effectiveness." -- A & U magazine

About the Author

Nancy E. Stoller is Professor of Community Studies and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is the co-editor of Women Resisting AIDs: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General