By George Clement Bond, John Kreniske, Ida Susser, Joan Vincent

This e-book deals distinctive ethnographic stories from Africa and the Caribbean to give an explanation for AIDS in a world and comparative third-world context. The essays circulate past clinical or epidemiological types, explaining the epidemic in its fiscal, social, political, and historical contexts.

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18 Anne V, Akeroyd Not all men moving within and between countries are truckers and traders, and , cIients of Gambian prostitutes in the Medical Reseach Council labor ~ g a n t sThe project were of vasied national origins, were mobile, and were distributed across the class and occupational spectrum. About one third were from the lowest occupationd categories, about one-third sbHed workers, thirteen percent truck and taxi drivers, nine per cent fmmers and eight per cent in white collar and military occupations (Piekering, Todd, Dunn et at, l992:86), Other mobile people include expatsiate consult;ints, aid workers, pilots, journalists, tourists, businessmen, civil servanes, and others: but where are the deailed (let alone repeated) studies of those occupational categories?

Developments in this field would help to move the debate forward, by focusing ""on women in their social relations with men, an gender relations, and on men as gendered beings or, as Obbo (1993a) puts it: X)MLXV transmission: men are the salution"' (Akeroyd 1994b:181). Sharing the blame and the responsibility betwwn the sexes, could help redress situ&ions as in Uganda where accounts ofkn take a male perspective and where "D]n general there is widespread insensitivity to women" concerns or suffering" (Qbbo 1993a:230).

In addition to occuning in environments already stressed by high rates of disease, AIDS is advancing in many societies which for two decades have been in economic decline. These declining social and econornic conditions in the developing nations have done much to shape the pattern of the epidemic and the chasacter of the response. response is impossible. Despite the grim picture presented by devejoping nations with respect to AIDS and infmtiousdisease, there may be a hophX pwadox ernerging in which the leading industrial nations might find the most effective examples of the ways in which to combat HW infection.

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