Sexual Stories in the Black AIDS Epidemic
Publication Year: 2013
Sonja Mackenzie elegantly argues that structural vulnerability is felt—quite literally—in the blood, in the possibilities and constraints on sexual lives, and in the rhetorics of their telling. The circulation of structural intimacies in daily life and in the political domain reflects possibilities for seeking what Mackenzie calls intimate justice at the nexus of cultural, economic, political, and moral spheres. Structural Intimacies presents a compelling case: in an era of deepening medicalization of HIV/AIDS, public health must move beyond individual-level interventions to community-level health equity frames and policy changes
Published by: Rutgers University Press
Download PDF (196.1 KB)
Title Page, About the Series, Copyright Page, Dedication
Download PDF (37.2 KB)
Download PDF (33.2 KB)
Download PDF (31.5 KB)
Any intellectual project has a long trajectory. First, I thank each of my forty-three study interviewees, whose articulate and impassioned stories of theirlives and incisive visions of the social fabric I have tried to embed within thesepages. Thank you for entrusting these histories to us, for showing up in rain orshine with the hope—even just a mere glimmer—of contributing to better...
Chapter 1. Storying Sexuality with Black AIDS Epidemic
Download PDF (236.6 KB)
On December 9, 2005, the much-anticipated film Brokeback Mountain wasreleased in the United States. Interviews for this study began the week before,symbolically launched on December 1st, World AIDS Day. The last site weexpected to visit during these interviews was Brokeback Mountain, Wyoming.However, for many respondents, Brokeback Mountain had clearly—and very...
Chapter 2. A Liquor Store on Every Corner. Intimate States of Alcohol and HIV/AIDS
Download PDF (217.0 KB)
Frederick is a well-built, dark-skinned man in his forties. Dressed in a sweaterreminiscent of the early 1990s, he looks put-together but is vulnerable nonetheless once he starts speaking. Frederick’s appearance, the outer layer ofhis life, speaks volumes about the struggles he has endured. Anger emanatesfrom his body and his words, held tenuously in the intricate weave and ...
Chapter 3. Never a Black Boreback Mountain. Sexual Silence and the Down Low and the Age of AIDS
Download PDF (115.7 KB)
Matteo’s every move as a gay Black man is carefully planned to steer the courseof racism. His daily life working as a health educator in San Francisco involvesspeaking to mostly Black men and women across the city—in high schools andshelters, community centers and crack houses, wherever anyone will listen tohis message—about those fun things: sex and protection. “I get to go around...
Chapter 4. Crazy Talk. The Conspirace Counter-Narrative in the Black AIDS Epidemic
Download PDF (98.2 KB)
Cathy is a dynamic woman in her mid-forties whose family relocated to theBay Area from Topeka, Kansas, when she was in high school. She has workedfor the security company that her parents own for as long as she can remem-ber, and owns a home in Oakland with her soon-to-be husband, a high-profileretired football player. HIV-negative, she nonetheless has close proximity to...
Chapter 5. The President, the Preacher, and Raceand Racism in the Obama Era
Download PDF (90.6 KB)
Maxwell, whom we last left in chapter 4 sorting through the filing cabinets ofhis research articles and medical memory, reflects on why is it just us livingand dying with HIV/AIDS twenty-five years into the epidemic. His story, pas-sionate and pained, takes us back to memories of his childhood, to life as itwas. Maxwell chuckles as he recalls the hot dogs and hamburgers he enjoyed...
Appendix. Methodological Matters
Download PDF (116.2 KB)
In December 2005, the day after the eighth annual World AIDS Day urged people the world over to “keep the promise” to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, a middle-aged HIV-negative man, Al, played his part by walking into an office in downtown San Francisco. As with many of this project’s interviewees, he was...
Download PDF (134.4 KB)
Download PDF (85.6 KB)
Download PDF (51.9 KB)
Other Works in the Series, About the Author
Download PDF (36.8 KB)
Emily K. Abel, Suffering in the Land of Sunshine: A Los Angeles Illness NarrativeEmily K. Abel, Tuberculosis and the Politics of Exclusion: A History of Public HealthMarilyn Aguirre-Molina, Luisa N. Borrell, and William Vega, eds., Health Issues inSusan M. Chambré, Fighting for Our Lives: New York’s AIDS Community and the James Colgrove, Gerald Markowitz, and David Rosner, eds., The Contested Bound-...
Page Count: 204
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Series Editor Byline: Janet Golden, Rima D. Apple