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The Culture of AIDS in AfricaHope and Healing Through Music and the Arts$
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Gregory Barz and Judah Cohen

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744473

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744473.001.0001

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The Culture of AIDS: Hope and Healing Through the Arts in Africa

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The Culture of AIDS in Africa

Gregory Barz

Judah M. Cohen

Oxford University Press

This book explores the many different ways by which music and the arts present the nature of HIV/AIDS in Africa in moral, social, local, medical, religious, and transnational terms. It investigates events, movements, and works that continually emphasize the reality of “AIDS as human suffering,” along with creative responses as contributions to a humanly organized “epidemic of signification” surrounding HIV/AIDS. It examines the use of music to cope with HIV/AIDS, describes visual approaches to HIV literacy, and considers how individual artists have confronted HIV/AIDS. The book also discusses the use of radio and television as tools for “edutainment” and of local cultural performances as a means to combat HIV/AIDS. Most importantly, it shows how music and other expressive art forms have given rise to a “culture of AIDS” in Africa and became a potent medium through which Africans could create their own social networks, power relationships, and cultural structures to convey messages of hope and healing, as well as knowledge and good counsel, to the wider community.

Keywords:   music, arts, HIV/AIDS, Africa, artists, radio, television, edutainment, culture of AIDS, social networks

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