n Critical Arts : A Journal of South-North Cultural and Media Studies - Representations and objections : Geert van Kesteren and the 13th International Aids Conference, Durban, 2000

Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-0046



On the African continent, the HIV / AIDS pandemic has had significant effects on the organisation of life across economic, political and social structures. As a social phenomenon, HIV / AIDS is of crucial concern, regionally as well as globally. While the HIV / AIDS pandemic "in industrial and postindustrial societies is believed to be complex, intellectually and politically contested, and theoretically interesting, Third World epidemics are seen to be simple material disasters" (Treichler, 1999, p. 7). This brings to the fore significant issues to do with the representation of AIDS in Africa.

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