AIDS Knowledges and Africa’s Pandemic

  • Colleen O’Manique
Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)


On one end of the spectrum of AIDS knowledges, AIDS is a microbe, understood through the tools of modern virology, immunology, and molecular biology; in the middle of the spectrum, it is a disease spread largely through culturally defined patterns of sexual behaviour; and on the other end, a virus whose prevalence and impact vary according to a country’s socio-economic and political status and position within the global political economy. Shaping the policy response to the global pandemic are principally the first two understandings, reflecting both the power of biomedical and public health approaches to disease in general, and the boundaries of knowledge set by disciplinary enquiry.


Sexual Behaviour Public Health Approach Southern African Development Community Public Health Specialist Subsistence Production 
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© Colleen O’Manique 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Colleen O’Manique
    • 1
  1. 1.Trent UniversityCanada

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