Practices of Freedom: Selected Writings on HIV/AIDS

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Duke University Press, 1994 - 286 pages
Since the mid-1980s, Simon Watney has been one of the leading voices in the international field of HIV/AIDS education. His monthly column on AIDS in Britain's Gay Times is the longest-running column of its kind in Europe, and he is actively involved in HIV/AIDS issues in the United States. His work constitutes a unique dialogue between European and American perspectives on the epidemic. Practices of Freedom brings together for the first time Watney's pioneering writings on topics ranging from gay men's Safer Sex education to racist coverage of AIDS in Africa in the international media, from the ethics of clinical drug trials to governmental policies concerning AIDS.
Watney's voice--neither neutral nor detached--is that of an active and influential participant in the fight against AIDS. He offers a unique view of the ways in which gay men working in community-based organizations have attempted to provide reliable and up-to-date services and information regarding AIDS treatment and health. A leader in insisting on gay men's entitlements to education, care, and services, Watney was among the first to challenge the "de-gaying" of AIDS service organizations in the late eighties. He also devotes his attention to HIV/AIDS prevention work, research and treatment issues, and the wider cultural politics of the disease, including the role of language, television, and cinema. His analysis of the epidemic as it has unfolded provides a history of many of the major medical and political debates that have defined the course and extent of the crisis.
Practices of Freedom demonstrates the failure of national institutions, from the government to the press, to understand and effectively fight this epidemic, and directs attention to the most urgent needs in American and international AIDS work. It will be an important primary resource, particularly in the United States, where effective community-based HIV/AIDS education tragically has often been neglected.
 

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Thoughtful, though too often meandering and dry, meditations on the cultural and political response to HIV/AIDS in the US and Great Britain. Watney (Policing Desire: Pornography, AIDS, and the Media ... Read full review

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For those working or living with HIV/ AIDS, this collection is a frustrating and sobering walk down memory lane. These 30 essays represent the writings of Watney, an HIV/AIDS activist in Britain ... Read full review

Contents

AIDS Moral Panic Theory and Homophobia
3
Advertising ignorance
17
The Politics of AIDS
31
Gay rights in Britain and the
39
The Spectacle of AIDS
46
Photography and AIDS
60
AIDS or HIV Disease?
76
A film by Staffan Hildebrand
90
Risk research and modernity
160
Silence Equals Death
178
State of Emergency
187
Perspectives on Treatment
194
Taking the scenic route through
221
The UK responses to AIDS
231
Duesbergs Dangerous Dogma
244
Political Funerals
250

AIDS Africa and race
103
Young People and AIDS
121
Safer Sex as Community Practice
127
Regaying AIDS
145
AIDS and the writing of history
256
Notes
267
Index
283
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About the author (1994)

Simon Watney is Director of the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust in the U. K., a funding initiative for community-based HIV prevention work. He is the author of several books, including Policing Desire: Pornography, AIDS, and the Media, and coeditor of Taking Liberties: AIDS and Cultural Politics. He has published more than 250 articles on HIV/AIDS, and his work has appeared in October, the Village Voice, High Performance, Screen, and Artforum, among other publications.

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