Love in the Time of AIDS: Inequality, Gender, and Rights in South Africa

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  • Copyright: 2010-10-01

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In some parts of South Africa, over one in three people are HIV positive. Love in the Time of AIDS explores transformations in notions of gender and intimacy to try to understand the roots of this virulent epidemic. By living in an informal settlement, collecting love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories, and archival materials, Mark Hunter details the everyday social inequalities that have resulted in untimely deaths. Hunter shows how first apartheid and then chronic unemployment have become entangled with ideas about femininity, masculinity, love, and sex and have created an economy of exchange that perpetuates the transmission of HIV/AIDS. This sobering ethnography challenges conventional understandings of HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

Author Biography

Mark Hunter is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences/Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Research Associate in the School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on Racial Termsp. xiii
List of Acronymsp. xv
Gender and AIDS in an Unequal Worldp. 1
Mandeni: "The AIDS Capital of KwaZulu-Natal"p. 19
Revisiting Intimacy and Apartheid
Providing Love: Male Migration and Building a Rural Homep. 35
Urban Respectability: Sundumbili Township, 1964-94p. 60
Shacks in the Cracks of Apartheid: Industrial Women and the Changing Political Economy and Geography of Intimacyp. 84
Intimacy After Democracy, 1994-
Postcolonial Geographies: Being "Left Behind" in the New South Africap. 105
Independent Women: Rights and Wrongs, and Men's Broken Promisesp. 130
Failing Men: Modern Masculinities amid Unemploymentp. 155
All You Need Is Love? The Materiality of Everyday Sex and Lovep. 178
The Politics of Gender, Intimacy, and AIDSp. 205
Glossaryp. 227
Notesp. 231
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 293
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