Social constructionist and feminist analyses have done much to extend the understanding of AIDS beyond the biomedical to include social accounts of the constitution of AIDS knowledge and meanings.
However, these frameworks have not translated easily into realistic responses to the paradox of women being seen as responsible for HIV prevention, while they lack the power to implement safe sex behavior.
This study explores the range and interplay of discursive themes which South African women drew on regarding AIDS and identifies constraints and opportunities for realistic prevention.
The research involved 14 focus group discussions with women.
Two main interpretative repertoires regarding AIDS were identified from the texts : one concerning the medicalization and the other the stigmatization of the disease.
Although these representations were not unchallenged, the pervasive sense was of denial of own risk, fear, and fatalism.
However, the analysis highlighted the complexity of issues to be faced in developing effective prevention initiatives.
Mots-clés Pascal : SIDA, Virose, Infection, Prévention, Femme, Homme, Représentation sociale, Attitude, République Sud Africaine, Afrique, Immunopathologie, Immunodéficit
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : AIDS, Viral disease, Infection, Prevention, Woman, Human, Social representation, Attitude, South Africa, Africa, Immunopathology, Immune deficiency
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0418499
Code Inist : 002B30A03B. Création : 10/04/1997.