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    DescriptionThe true role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in Africa has been debated for years: some scholars and activists claim that religious groups have provided much-needed education and assistance to those afflicted with the disease, and others argue that religion has contributed to the spread and stigmatization of AIDS. Drawing upon extensive fieldwork in Malawi and survey data from 26 other sub-Saharan African countries, Jenny Trinitapoli and Alexander Weinreb provide the first comprehensive empirical account of how religious groups affect the spread of knowledge, prevention, and mitigation of AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. Trinitapoli and Weinreb identify religious patterns in the infection of HIV, examine differences across religions in risk and preventive behaviors, and discuss the role of religion in the provision of assistance to the sick and their families. Their study also shows how religious groups shape social and cultural interpretations of AIDS, addressing such issues as the discouragement of condom-use and the promotion of restrictions on sexual behavior. This volume confirms the central role played by religious narratives and institutions in the epidemic - a reprise of religion's role in historical plagues. Yet the book also shows that different religious traditions and denominations vary widely in their approach to the AIDS epidemic, particularly in their approach to care of the sick and their families. These different approaches have significant implications for the trajectory of religious change, and, more broadly, for social solidarity in African states.

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    Religion and Aids in Africa
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alexander Weinreb, By (author) Jenny Trinitapoli
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 296
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780195335941
    ISBN 10: 0195335945

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Ingram Subject Code: PI
    Libri: I-PI
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRAC
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 16920
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 09
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35, 42
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BIC subject category V2: JFFH2
    BISAC V2.8: MED035000, HEA039020
    DC22: 362.19697920
    BIC subject category V2: HRLP5, HRLM7
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    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
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    DC22: 362.196/97920097
    LC classification: RA643.86.A25 T75 2012
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    DC23: 201.7621969792
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    Thema V1.0: QRAC, JBFN, QRVP7, QRVS2
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    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    16 August 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    MDR: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of TexasAW: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hebrew University of JerusalemJT: Doctoral Candidate in Sociology, University of Texas
    Review quote
    Trinitapoli and Weinreb challenge much that is holy writ for modern, Western, secular minds. For those with an interest in development or medicine, it is fascinating, and perhaps infuriating. Michael Beasley, Theology Religion and AIDS in Africa is a Scholarly yet readable exploration of many of the questions key to understanding the complexity of HIV and religion in Africa ... Ann Smith, the Tablet
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments ; Introduction ; Part One / THE BASICS ; 1. AIDS in Context ; 2. Religious Patterns ; Part Two / UNDERSTANDING AIDS ; 3. Interpreting the Epidemic ; 4. Knowledge about HIV ; Part Three / HIV PREVENTION ABC...Z ; 5. The ABCs of prevention ; 6. Beyond ABC: Local prevention strategies ; 7. Congregational Combinations ; Part Four / RESPONDING ; 8. Stigma ; 9. Safety nets ; 10. Effects of AIDS on Religion ; Conclusions ; Appendices ; Notes ; References ; Index