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Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS

Contributions from Critical Social Science

Almost four decades after the discovery of HIV/AIDS, the world continues to grapple with this public health challenge. Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS explores the limits of mainstream approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and challenges readers to develop alternate solutions, emphasizing the value of critical social science perspectives. The contributors investigate traditions of inquiry – governmentality studies, institutional ethnography, and Indigenous knowledges, among others – to determine what these perspectives can bring to HIV/AIDS research, policy, and programming. Ultimately, this book demonstrates how and why critical social science is necessary for rethinking research and action required to address the epidemic.

372 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Knowing and Responding to HIV/AIDS Differently / Eric Mykhalovskiy and Viviane Namaste

Part 1: Critical Dispositions

1 On the Possibility of Being Governed Otherwise: Exploring Foucault’s Legacy for Critical Social Science Studies in the Field of HIV/AIDS / Adrian Guta and Stuart J. Murray

2 Tracking Treatment Adherence: Should Critical Social Scientific Accounts of HIV Theorize Non-Human Actants? / Martin French

3 Institutional Ethnography as a Critical Research Strategy: Access, Engagement, and Implications for HIV/AIDS Research / Daniel Grace

4 Conversation Analysis and Critical Social Science: The Interactional Organization of HIV-Positive Disclosures / Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo

5 Indigenous Knowing in HIV Research in Canada: A Reflexive Dialogue / Randy Jackson

Part 2: Empirical Case Studies

6 Thinking Critically about HIV Prevention for Gay and Bisexual Men / Barry D. Adam

7 Undetectable Optimism: The Science of Gay Male Sexual Risk-Taking and Serosorting in the Context of Uncertain Knowledge of Viral Load / Mark Gaspar

8 A Critical Case-Study Analysis of the Logic and Practices of Prescribing HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to At-Risk Adolescents / Chris Sanders, Jill Owczarzak and Andrew Petroll

9 The Social Relations of Disclosure: Critical Reflections on the Community-Based Response to HIV Criminalization / Colin Hastings

10 Epidemiology, the Media, and Vancouver’s Public Health Emergency: A Critical Ethnography / Denielle Elliott

Conclusion / Viviane Namaste and Eric Mykhalovskiy

List of Contributors; Index

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