n Journal for Contemporary History - A different kind of Aids: Folk and lay theories in South African townships, David Dickinson

Volume 41 Number 2
  • ISSN : 0258-2422
  • E-ISSN: 2415-0509



There are a lot of contestations in South Africa when it comes to giving meaning to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. David Dickinson’s book puts at the centre of enquiry the struggles over explaining HIV/AIDS in one of the most affected areas in South Africa ― the townships. Despite close to 30 years of HIV/AIDS education, alternative and non-scientific explanations of HIV/AIDS are still prevalent in the townships. The book aims at examining how to think about such explanations and the various ways in which township residents make sense of the disease.

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