Popular understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa is riddled with contradiction and speculation. This is revealed in HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, which explores the various contexts in which debate about HIV/AIDS takes place and examines how the pandemic is perceived by scholars, religious leaders and traditional healers, among others - in communities in and around South Africa. Using a social theory lens, the book focuses on not only the cultural and contextual practices, but also the methodological and epistemological orientations around HIV/AIDS in education that shape community and individual interpretations of this disease.The book avoids a simplistic approach to the pandemic, by exploring the complex and sometimes contradictory spaces in which HIV/AIDS discourses are negotiated, and thus goes some way to present a more hermeneutic profile of the HIV/AIDS problem. HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is as much about identity construction as it is about HIV/AIDS. The authors recognise the interrelatedness of sex, sexuality, identity and HIV/AIDS in the shaping of individual and collective identities and have thus gone beyond merely asking questions about what people know.
Jean Baxen is associate professor at the Faculty of Education, Rhodes University, South Africa where she teaches courses on HIV/AIDS and social identity, research methodology and contemporary policy reform. She has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, researcher and consultant on curriculum and HIV/AIDS.Anders Breidlid is professor of International Education at Oslo University College, Norway, and has conducted research in South Africa, Sudan, Cuba and Chile. He headed, with Jean Baxen, a National Research Foundation-funded research project on Cultural Values, HIV/AIDS and Education, which resulted in this book. He has been visiting professor at UCT (1997-98); the Instituto Pedagogico Latinamericano y Caribeno, Havana (2005); and the Pontifica Universidad Catolica, Santiago/Villarrica (2008-09).
Release date NZ
March 1st, 2009
Edited by Anders Breidlid
Edited by Jean Baxen
Country of Publication
University of Cape Town Press
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