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AIDS: Rights, Risk and Reason (Social Aspects of AIDS) by Peter Aggleton, Peter Davies, Graham Hart

By Peter Aggleton, Peter Davies, Graham Hart

According to articles selected from the 6th annual 'Social elements of AIDS' convention, this e-book makes a speciality of up to date bills of HIV/AIDS learn and linked social/sexual concerns.

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Any explanation of that response must raise broader issues of the continuity of pre-Thatcherite political traditions, the reality of the supposed ‘Thatcher revolution’ in government, and the nature of the consensual response to AIDS. Certainly television, as a more liberal consensual medium than the press, naturally conveyed that range of AIDS coverage. Alcorn (1989) has analyzed one particular programme which went out during AIDS week—the ‘AIDS Debate’, a special edition of the BCC1 programme, ‘Day to Day’, which attracted a late-night audience of four and a half million on Friday, 27 February 1987 (Alcorn, 1989).

As Patton writes: ‘Much political and social violence is accomplished by collapsing the many cultures of the African continent in the invention “Africa”’ (Patton, 1990, p. 25). The distinctive treatment of South Africa in some television coverage might appear to run counter to Patton’s argument, but in fact demonstrates that television news distinctions are often not about territorial boundaries but are based on the difference between black and white. 6). Such associations were also evident in the minds of those research participants who declared that AIDS was common in ‘black countries’ (Prison staff, Group 2), ‘black provinces’ (Police staff) and ‘black cities’ (American student), as well as among ‘the ethnic community’ (Janitor).

Because It Fits’: Audience Acceptance of ‘African AIDS’ This readiness to perceive Africa as the source of HIV infection is not simply a direct response to overwhelming, or even totally consistent, media statements about AIDS, but is dependent on a broader context of reporting about Africa whereby the idea that HIV came from over there ‘fits’ with many white people’s pre-existing images of’the dark continent’. The notion that AIDS came from, and is widespread in, Africa or ‘the Third World’ falls on fertile ground by drawing upon, and feeding into, overt and covert racist agendas.

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