By Kyle Dean Kauffman, David L. Lindauer, Desmond Tutu
The HIV/AIDS pandemic impressive South Africa is of old proportions. extra everyone is dwelling with AIDS in South Africa than in the other state on the earth. simply long ago decade, the lifestyles expectancy in South Africa has dropped from sixty seven to forty three years. The social and financial influence of this ailment is difficult to overstate. even if, what's remarkable is the paucity of considerate, reflective scholarship and writing at the topic. AIDS and South Africa: The Social Expression of an outbreak addresses the commercial, social and cultural effect of HIV/AIDS because it pertains to South African society.
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3 While there are many underlying reasons for these statistics, it is emblematic in some measure of the social institutions between the genders in South Africa. Besides male circumcision and the treatment of women, there are a number of other informal institutions that one can point to in South Africa that affect HIV rates. In a number of high-profile cases where HIV-positive individuals have publicly revealed their HIV status, individuals have been stigmatized, shunned by their community, and in some cases even killed.
Ensminger, Jean (1992), Making a Market: the Institutional Transformation of an African Society (New York: Cambridge University Press). Firmin-Sellers, Kathryn (1996), The Transformation of Property Rights in the Gold Coast: an Empirical Study Applying Rational Choice (New York: Cambridge University Press). Halperin, Daniel T. and Robert C. Bailey (1999), ‘Male Circumcision and HIV Infection: 10 Years and Counting’, The Lancet, 354: 1813–15. Marck, Jeff (1997), ‘Aspects of Male Circumcision in Sub-Equatorial African Cultural History’, Health Transition Review, 7: 37–359.
Imagine if the tables were turned and that instead it was safer not to circumcise. Would Jews and Muslims instantly change their centuries-old traditions? It is doubtful. This is not to say that traditions and norms cannot change; it simply takes a long time. Look for instance at the traditional role of women in certain societies. We see that in some Muslim societies women recently have been allowed to drive cars, to Why is South Africa the HIV Capital of the World? 25 vote, and to dress less formally.
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