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Power and community in AIDS public policy


2006 2006

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In 1993, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) implemented a national level policy initiative for HIV/AIDS prevention. The initiative, referred to as "community planning", was intended to ensure the implementation of effective HIV prevention programming through direct involvement in resource allocation decisions of HIV-infected persons and representatives of at risk communities. This dissertation examines how federal HIV/AIDS policy constructs community, how participants in HIV prevention community planning themselves understand and articulate community, and the extent to which there is congruence between the two perspectives. In this dissertation, I also examine the linkage between community and social identity, specifically as it relates to the exercise of power. In doing so, I explore knowledge as it relates to the construction and articulation of social identity (i.e., community). More precisely, I suggest that community is constructed through deployment of particular types of knowledge which are rooted in personal experience with HIV/AIDS. In particular, I argue that knowledge is deployed strategically in an effort to gain access to, or to exercise power as exemplified by the fluidity in community identity expressed by participants in the community planning initiative.

There is a rich body of anthropological research on HIV/AIDS which has enhanced our understanding of the specific practices which contribute to disease transmission, the social construction of risk, and the social and structural factors which influence the epidemic. The research on which this dissertation is based represents a departure from previous anthropological research in that it is concerned explicitly with policy as the field of analysis. In adopting a critical perspective, I illustrate that anthropological research should play an essential role in documenting how policy is interpreted. In doing so, ethnography can make transparent the social, political and economic premises underlying policy and can, simultaneously, reveal the effects of policy, whether or not intentional.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
Forensic anthropology
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0339: Forensic anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; AIDS; Community; Power; Public policy
Title
Power and community in AIDS public policy
Author
Randall, Liisa Marie
Number of pages
221
Publication year
2006
Degree date
2006
School code
0128
Source
DAI-A 67/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780542909559
Advisor
Pugh, Judy F.
University/institution
Michigan State University
University location
United States -- Michigan
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3236408
ProQuest document ID
305308512
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305308512
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