Against Death: The Practice of Living with AIDS

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Psychology Press, 1997 - Social Science - 219 pages
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Robert Ariss - activist and academic - had a unique vision of HIV/AIDS. As an HIV seropositive individual for many years before his death on May 9, 1994, he was a full participant in, and critic of, the development of the gay community's response to the HIV epidemic both in Australia and internationally. Though Ariss' life is a definite presence in this study, Against Death: The Practice of Living with AIDS is not an autobiography. Instead, it is a unique and critical account of a public health crisis, a community's response, and the politics of sexuality. It was in Sydney, Australia, world-famous for its Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, that Robert Ariss lived and worked. It is his vision of that community - of its members infected with and affected by HIV - which is documented in this remarkable anthropological study. Yet the study's implications reach beyond Sydney to all communities living with HIV and AIDS.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
THE STATEMEDICINE
15
PART TWO THE TACTICS OF HEALTH AND ILLNESS
37
MANAGING
51
ASPECTS
71
Systematizing a Medical Creole
77
Resistance
85
Guinea Pigs and Men
91
REINVENTING DEATH
115
PART THREE DISCURSIVE STRATEGIES OF RESISTANCE
133
THE EMERGENCE OF A NEW TREATMENT ACTIVISM
153
THERAPEUTIC TRUTH GAMES
165
EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION
181
CONCLUSION
197
Bibliography
203
Index
213

The Structure of a Tactical Alternative
97
An Alternative Practitioner
104

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