oa Alternation - It's a matter of trust: young people in South Africa and the discourse of HIV/AIDS prevention

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



This article examines how young people are talking to each other about HIV/AIDS and how they tackle related challenges of agency. The article attempts to do this on three levels. Firstly, it draws on a research project conducted by university students, who examined how young people are speaking to their close friends and intimates about HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the research project was to examine the communicative challenges young people face, and to understand, from their discourse, how they are developing their capacity to deal with the crisis. Secondly, the article examines what reflexive roles young people are playing as emerging intellectuals and leaders in the HIV/AIDS crisis, and what they can do to tackle linguistic practices, attitudes and behaviour. Thirdly, as part of the research has been based on work done with and by students as part of a class project in the module Language and Power, the article also engages reflexively with the issues of curriculum development while documenting a method for research and pedagogical intervention.

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