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A Disease of Society

A Disease of Society
Cultural and Institutional Responses to AIDS

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Dorothy Nelkin, David P. Willis, Scott V. Parris, Richard Goldstein,Carol Levine, Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Victor W. Sidel, Harold Edgar, David J. Rothman, Renée C. Fox, Linda H. Aiken, Carla M. Messikomer, Charles L. Bosk, Joel E. Frader, Suzanne C. Ouellette Kobasa, Ronald Bayer, Thomas H. Murray, Thomas B. Stoddard, Walter Rieman
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  • Date Published: May 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521407434

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  • The impact of AIDS cannot be adequately measured by epidemiology alone. As the editors of this volume argue, AIDS must be understood as a 'disease of society', which is challenging and changing society profoundly. Numerous books on AIDS have looked at the ways in which our social institutions, norms and values have determined how the disease has been dealt with, but this book, first published in 1991, examines the ways in which AIDS is, in turn, changing our social institutions, norms and values. It explores the impact of AIDS on the arts and popular entertainment, on our concept of family, on government and legal institutions and on the health services, and the ways in which AIDS is forcing society to come to terms with longstanding tensions between community values and individual rights.

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    'This book powerfully illuminates the way in which AIDS has shifted our perceptions of contemporary issues, from our attitudes to risk, sex and the family to the role of the nursing profession and the rights of prisoners. Although the material is based on the American experience, it is essential reading for anyone who wants to know about the likely intellectual agenda of tomorrow in other countries: on the evidence of these essays, the United States is ahead of us not only in the scale of the tragedy, but in the sophistication applied to its analysis.' Rudolph Klein, University of Bath

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    • Date Published: May 1991
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521407434
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.414kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction: a disease of society: cultural and institutional responses to AIDS Dorothy Nelkin, David P. Willis and Scott V. Parris
    Part I. Cultural Images:
    1. The implicated and the immune: responses to AIDS in the arts and popular culture Richard Goldstein
    Part II. Systems of Socialization and Control:
    2. AIDS and changing concepts of family Carol Levine
    3. AIDS and the prison system Nancy Neveloff Dubler and Victor W. Sidel
    4. New rules for new drugs: the challenge of AIDS to the regulatory process Harold Edgar and David J. Rothman: Part III. Systems of Caring:
    5. The culture of caring: AIDS and the nursing profession Renée C. Fox, Linda H. Aiken and Carla M. Messikomer
    6. AIDS and its impact on medical work: the culture and politics of the shop floor Charles L. Bosk and Joel E. Frader
    7. AIDS volunteering: links to the past and future prospects Suzanne C. Ouellette Kobasa
    Part IV. Rights and Reciprocities:
    8. AIDS and the future of reproductive freedom Ronald Bayer
    9. The poisoned gift: AIDS and blood Thomas H. Murray
    10. AIDS and the rights of the individual: toward a more sophisticated understanding of discrimination Thomas B. Stoddard and Walter Rieman
    Notes on contributors
    Index.

  • Editors

    Dorothy Nelkin, New York University

    David P. Willis, Milbank Memorial Fund

    Scott V. Parris, Milbank Memorial Fund

    Contributors

    Dorothy Nelkin, David P. Willis, Scott V. Parris, Richard Goldstein,Carol Levine, Nancy Neveloff Dubler, Victor W. Sidel, Harold Edgar, David J. Rothman, Renée C. Fox, Linda H. Aiken, Carla M. Messikomer, Charles L. Bosk, Joel E. Frader, Suzanne C. Ouellette Kobasa, Ronald Bayer, Thomas H. Murray, Thomas B. Stoddard, Walter Rieman

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