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- DescriptionWhy do alternative, n-scientific explanations of HIV/AIDS continue to circulate in South Africa's townships after almost 30 years of AIDS education? In A different kind of AIDS, David Dickinson explores the folk and lay theories that still circulate within township communities, despite extensive educational efforts and the availability of antiretroviral treatment. Dickinson's investigations are in partnership with HIV/AIDS peer educators and alongside township residents; and he argues that these theories constitute a robust hydra of beliefs that underlies and supports the de facto plural health care system in South Africa. The book explores township life and language and includes a methodological manifesto aimed at social science research students. The end-result is essential reading for the academic and lay reader alike, and a deeply sympathetic portrait of South African realities today.
- Author BiographyDavid Dickinson is a professor of Sociology at Wits University. Although from the UK, South Africa is now home. His previous research in the field of HIV/AIDS has included workplace responses and peer education, the subject of a book, Changing the Course of AIDS. A regular visitor and part-time resident in South African townships, he is particularly concerned with the challenges faced by the country's poor majority and their responses to these challenges.
- Author(s)David G. Dickinson
- PublisherJacana Media (Pty) Ltd
- Date of Publication01/04/2014
- SubjectCurrent Affairs & Issues
- Place of PublicationJohannesburg
- Country of PublicationSouth Africa
- ImprintJacana Media
- Weight550 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine33 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (UK)
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