oa South African Medical Journal - AIDS, Sex and Culture : Global Politics and Survival in Southern Africa, Ida Susser : book review

Volume 101, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



South African-born anthropologist, Ida Susser, re-visits her native land to examine the multifaceted cultural environment pertaining to the HIV pandemic. Gender subordination is at the heart of the book: the forces of globalised economies make women particularly vulnerable. Susser focuses her skills on this disadvantaged HIV-afflicted group. She seeks to explicate the nexus between the personal and the political, the powerful and the dispossessed, the macroeconomic and the domestic, and exposes how HIV acts as a powerful palimpsest of the troubling divisions of global human interactions.

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