A Pandemic of Hate, Compassion, and Politics
Unlike previous chapters, which are driven by the primary sources, this one relies on works by scholars and activists. From studies of the US, Australia, and Africa, this chapter finds a sharp break during the early 1990s in perceptions of HIV/AIDS’s social and political consequences. From emphasizing hate, violence, discrimination, and stigmatization, AIDS scholars and activists began focusing on the outpouring of volunteerism, charity, compassion, and successes from political activism: organizational developments (CBIs), volunteerism across communities—gay and straight, creativity in the arts, reshaping doctor–patient relations, the enhanced importance of nursing, achievements within the power structures of cities, and advances in gay and lesbian rights. This chapter brings together the book’s three principal categories for exploring the social side effects of epidemics in history—hate, compassion, and politics.
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