Love In The Time Of Aids: Inequality, Gender, And Rights In South Africa

Paperback | October 25, 2010

byMark Hunter

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In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials, Mark Hunter details the everyday social inequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths. Hunter shows how first apartheid and then chronic unemployment have become entangled with ideas about femininity, masculinity, love, and sex and have created an economy of exchange that perpetuates the transmission of HIV/AIDS. This sobering ethnography challenges conventional understandings of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

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In some parts of South Africa, more than one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement and collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archi...

Mark Hunter is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences/Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Research Associate in the School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:324 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.88 inPublished:October 25, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222397

ISBN - 13:9780253222398

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on Racial Terms
List of Acronyms

1. Gender and AIDS in an Unequal World
2. Mandeni: "The AIDS Capital of KwaZulu-Natal"

Part 1. Revisiting Intimacy and Apartheid
3. Providing Love: Male Migration and Building a Rural Home
4. Urban Respectability: Sundumbili Township, 196494
5. Shacks in the Cracks of Apartheid: Industrial Women and the Changing Political Economy and Geography of Intimacy

Part 2. Intimacy after Democracy, 1994
6. Postcolonial Geographies: Being "Left Behind" in the New South Africa
7. Independent Women: Rights amid Wrongs, and Men's Broken Promises
8. Failing Men: Modern Masculinities amid Unemployment
9. All You Need Is Love? The Materiality of Everyday Sex and Love

Part 3. Interventions
10. The Politics of Gender, Intimacy, and AIDS

Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"C]ontribute[s] a stirring history of the present of South Africa, and of the unequal world of which it has been and remains a materially and ideologically formative part." -South African Historical Journal