State and Civil Society Responses to HIV/AIDS in South Africa: An Anthropological Investigation
Date of Defense
Dr. Ann Miles
Dr. Vin Lyon-Callo
Dr. Jim Butterfield
Over 20 percent of the South African population has HIV/AIDS. In addition, South Africa is cited as having the fastest growing AIDS epidemic in the world. The reasons for the rapid spread of the virus and the high infection rates are not merely biological. In fact, South Africa's AIDS epidemic has been influenced by and influences the cultural, social and political realities in South Africa. The critical lens of anthropology offers a comprehensive examination of the scope of the pandemic. In this paper, I will: (1) address the role of anthropological theory in the study of HIV/AIDS, (2) discuss the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the specific contexts of South Africa, (3) analyze the unique circumstances under which the South African state has responded to HIV/AIDS, and (4) present my research on the response of South African civil society to the AIDS epidemic.
Datta-Sandhu, Sonya, "State and Civil Society Responses to HIV/AIDS in South Africa: An Anthropological Investigation" (2004). Honors Theses. 1434.
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