Religion and AIDS in Africa by Alexander Weinreb

Religion and AIDS in Africa

byAlexander Weinreb, Jenny Trinitapoli

Hardcover | July 5, 2012

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The true role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in Africa has been debated for years: some scholars and activists claim that religious groups have provided much-needed education and assistance to those afflicted with the disease, and others argue that religion has contributed to the spread andstigmatization of AIDS. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in Malawi and survey data from 26 other sub-Saharan African countries, Jenny Trinitapoli and Alexander Weinreb provide the first comprehensive empirical account of how religious groups affect the spread of knowledge, prevention, and mitigationof AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.Trinitapoli and Weinreb identify religious patterns in the infection of HIV, examine differences across religions in risk and preventive behaviors, and discuss the role of religion in the provision of assistance to the sick and their families. Their study also shows how religious groups shape socialand cultural interpretations of AIDS, addressing such issues as the discouragement of condom-use and the promotion of restrictions on sexual behavior. This volume confirms the central role played by religious narratives and institutions in the epidemic - a reprise of religion's role in historical plagues. Yet the book also shows that different religious traditions and denominations vary widely in their approach to the AIDS epidemic, particularlyin their approach to care of the sick and their families. These different approaches have significant implications for the trajectory of religious change, and, more broadly, for social solidarity in African states.

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Alexander Weinreb is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas. Jenny Trinitapoli is Assistant Professor of Sociology, Demography and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University.

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Title:Religion and AIDS in AfricaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195335945

ISBN - 13:9780195335941

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One / THE BASICS1. AIDS in Context2. Religious PatternsPart Two / UNDERSTANDING AIDS3. Interpreting the Epidemic4. Knowledge about HIVPart Three / HIV PREVENTION ABC...Z5. The ABCs of prevention6. Beyond ABC: Local prevention strategies7. Congregational CombinationsPart Four / RESPONDING8. Stigma9. Safety nets10. Effects of AIDS on ReligionConclusionsAppendicesNotesReferencesIndex