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AIDS, politics, and music in South Africa / Fraser G. McNeill.

  • McNeill, Fraser G., 1977-
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About this work


"This book offers an original anthropological approach to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa by arguing that music is central to understanding how AIDS interventions operate"--Provided by publisher.


New York : Cambridge University Press ; London : International African Institute, 2011.

Physical description

xxv, 278 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-271) and index.


Introduction: AIDS, politics and music -- The battle for Venda kingship -- A rite to AIDS education? Venda girls' initiation, HIV prevention, and the politics of knowledge -- 'We want a job in the government': motivation and mobility in HIV/AIDS peer education -- 'We sing about what we cannot talk about': biomedical knowledge in stanza -- Guitar songs and sexy women: a folk cosmology of AIDS -- 'Condoms cause AIDS': poison, prevention, and degrees of separation -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: songs on accompanying web site -- Appendix B: 'Zwidzumbe' (secrets) -- Appendix C: AIDS, AIDS, AIDS.


  • English

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    History of Medicine
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