`This is a book that explicitly recognises both the achievements and shortcomings of social research into AIDS... This is a short book that sets itself a wide ranging task... In making recent French research available the book does add useful data.... For those new to the field, this would be an excellent place to start. The books fusion of reviews of research and a critique of trends and shortcomings is a valuable addition to a literature that needs the efforts of such perceptive synthesisers'
- AIDS Care
`Pollak, Paicheler and Pierret provide an account of sociological research approaches, methodologies and theories used in this field in major languages. [This}is one of the strengths of this book. The reader whose only language is English will find that the French authors quote form a wide range of studies conducted in Western Europe, whilst occasionally referring to North America and Africa. The book is well written and very readable. The "problem" in the title does not imply that AIDS causes a problem for sociological research, but should be read as the more neutral "AIDS: an issue for Sociological Research." the authors make it very clear that AIDS is an issue to be researched by sociologists, stressing the significance of traditional social psychology and sociology on cultural change. "Michael Pollak, who edited this trend report and wrote a substantial part of it died of AIDS on 7 June 1992." This opening line of the tribute to the main author of is a characteristic of the field, which enlists people with a triple involvement: (1) scholarly activity; (2) campaigning and participating in practical work, as well as (3) being a user of health and social services and direct recipient of policy concerning HIV and AIDS. The activist's concern for other people shows in the subtlety the authors demonstrate in their approach to other people's cultural backgrounds, and not only in the field of AIDS. The book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on AIDS and society. It is excellent for introducing sociology of health and illness to undergraduate students in sociology as well as in medicine, social work or nursing studies. As an overview of current sociological research it is also a useful introduction for researchers. It is the kind of book that I would personally recommend to policy makers, especially after the British Government recently announced cuts in spending on AIDS. Having read this book I feel that Pollak's death is a sad loss to the international sociological community' - The Sociology of Health and Illness