AIDS, Sex, and Culture: Global Politics and Survival in Southern Africa
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley
"AIDS, Sex, and Culture greatly deepens our understanding of the politics of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Susser's rich ethnography shows how local activism and women's desire for autonomy profoundly affect international, national, and scientific enterprises."
Emily Martin, New York University
"Ida Susser´s book is an exemplary demonstration of the social value of great scholarly research. It shows how patriarchal culture provides the ground for the formation of destructive networks of poverty, sex, and aids. Based on Susser´s cross-cultural ethnographic work it is a master piece of intellectually innovative, socially relevant research. It will be a key reference for social scientists aiming to understand the world in order to overcome our current misery. It should be mandatory reading for students, academics, and policy makers around the world."
Manuel Castells, University of California, Berkeley
An insightful, comprehensive, provocative personal and anthropological perspective across two decades on how the construction of gender has shaped responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in women in southern Africa and globally.
A must read for anyone interested in understanding and making a meaningful difference to the evolving HIV epidemic in women globally and in southern Africa.
Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa
Ida Susser offers a powerful statement of the forces that have shaped the epidemiology of AIDS in Africa. This visceral but unsentimental account places women's sexuality and reproductive autonomy -- as well as their unsubmissive assertion of rights to knowledge, health care, and bodily integrity --at the vortex of South Africa's transformations and is symptomatic of how gender inequities shape the face of AIDS in the world today.
Ann Stoler, The New School