Dickinson describes how these folk and lay theories constitute a plural belief structure that underlies and supports the de facto plural health care system operating in South Africa; a system which is readily acknowledged but rarely seriously engaged. Three major folk theories of AIDS are explored: religious, traditional African, and racial constructions of the disease. A range of lay theories, primarily ways of outsmarting the disease, are also described and explained.
These varied beliefs within the lives of township residents are taken from two different sources. First an action research project and, second, from in-depth accounts from township residents who were either infected or affected by AIDS on how they understood the disease.
These two approaches investigate how the wide spectrum of alternative explanations of AIDS continue to flourish, despite massive and prolonged public health campaigns based on and promoting the biomedical understanding of the disease.
About the author
David Dickinson is a professor of Sociology at Wits University. Although from the UK, South Africa is now home. His previous research in the field of HIV/AIDS has included workplace responses and peer education, the subject of a book, Changing the Course of AIDS. A regular visitor and part-time resident in South African townships, he is particularly concerned with the challenges faced by the country’s poor majority and their responses to these challenges.
|mobi file ISBN:||9781928232032|
|Colour:||Black and White|
|Publication Date:||April 2014|