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Dirty Details: The Making of “Risk Environments” at “Home” and “Abroad”

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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Content and Context in Theological Ethics book series (CCTE)

Abstract

From the beginning both researchers and the public closely associated HIV & AIDS with the homosexual male population. This provided opportunities within that community to come together to address the issue, but it also suggested blame and responsibility for their own suffering in the thinking of much of the public. However, other constituencies not always classified in “risk groups” language were or are also susceptible to higher risk in this pandemic. The poor, women, and people of color, particularly those of African descent, are among these. Yet the histories of these people in the pandemic are not always as visible. Although at times they overlapped or were lumped into the groups associated as “high-risk,” the unique complexities creating that risk went largely unanalyzed.

Keywords

African Descent Body Politic Symbolic Boundary AIDS Pandemic Private Realm 
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