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AIDS, Culture, and Africa$
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Douglas A. Feldman

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032535

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032535.001.0001

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Culture in Action

Culture in Action

Reactions to Social Responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa

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AIDS, Culture, and Africa

Eleanor Preston-Whyte

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines cultural reactions to the social response to HIV/AIDS in Africa. It suggests that political economy issues explain HIV patterns in Africa far more than do cultural issues. It illustrates some of the ways in which what is often loosely referred to as “culture” operates in a number of African settings where AIDS is common. It explains that among the most important problems facing Africans in controlling the spread of HIV are widespread poverty and deprivation, inequality of access to opportunities for achieving a healthy and adequate lifestyle, and a lack of access to public resources for the treatment of ill-health and disease.

Keywords:   HIV/AIDS, cultural reactions, social responses, Africa, political economy, poverty

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