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AIDS, Culture, and Africa Hardcover – December 25, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0813032535 ISBN-10: 0813032539 Edition: 1st

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"An excellent resource for illustrating the complex interrelationships of historical, sociopolitical, and cultural factors driving this epidemic today. The multiple perspectives of the authors, their first-hand experience with the affected populations, and the range of issues presented makes this a valuable contribution." - Michele G. Shedlin, University of Texas at El Paso"

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"An excellent resource for illustrating the complex interrelationships of historical, sociopolitical, and cultural factors driving this epidemic today. The multiple perspectives of the authors, their first-hand experience with the affected populations, and the range of issues presented makes this a valuable contribution."--Michele G. Shedlin, University of Texas at El Paso
Too often, approaches to dealing with the problems posed by the spread of HIV have been one dimensional, with the assumption that what works in one place will work in another. Douglas Feldman has collected a group of essays representing a wide range of original ideas, methodologies, and suggestions that make a significant contribution to the field of AIDS research, both in Africa and beyond.
AIDS, Culture, and Africa examines such key issues as HIV transmission, condom use, sexual patterns, male circumcision, political factors, gender, poverty, and behavioral change. It features the research of those working in different countries in Africa, with different communities within those countries, and with different age, class, religious, and ethnic groups within those communities.
These original, previously unpublished essays also address the need for a greater anthropological perspective in the increasingly medicalized and politicized study of HIV and AIDS. As a whole, they pave the way for a deeper cultural understanding necessary to effectively reverse the catastrophic growth of HIV/AIDS on the continent.

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Dr. Feldman received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stony Brook University in 1981. He is currently a Professor of Anthropology and former Chair of the Anthropology Department at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, located near Rochester, NY, where he works with undergraduate students on medical and applied anthropology research projects, and teaches courses on global issues, culture and AIDS, medical anthropology, cultural anthropology, the anthropology of sex, and applied anthropology. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Debrecen in Hungary in 2009. He consulted for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on international reproductive health projects; for the University of Rochester, School of Medicine's HIV vaccine trials research; and as an expert witness on several AIDS immigration cases for African clients.

Previously, Dr. Feldman served as Director of Research for The Village, a large drug rehabilitation agency in Miami; as Research Associate Professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine; as Professor, Academic Director and Institute Director at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale; and as founding Executive Director of the AIDS Center of Queens County in New York City. He conducted extensive social, behavioral and epidemiologic research on HIV/AIDS in the United States and Africa (Zambia, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda), with grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and elsewhere, since 1982 - one of the first anthropologists to do so. He wrote one book (Ethnicity and Health Care Delivery: Sexually Transmitted Diseases [2009]), and edited several books on AIDS: The Social Dimensions of AIDS: Method and Theory (1986), Culture and AIDS (1990), Global AIDS Policy (1994), The AIDS Crisis: A Documentary History (1998), AIDS, Culture and Africa (2008), and AIDS, Culture and Gay Men (2010). He is currently interested in research on international affairs, HIV and men who have sex with men, HIV global policy and on AIDS-related stigma.

Dr. Feldman founded and was the first Chair of the Society for Medical Anthropology's AIDS and Anthropology Research Group, the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Task Force on AIDS, and the Society for Applied Anthropology Advisory Committee on AIDS. He helped significantly redirect HIV policy for Bangladesh in 1988. He served on committees of the Institute of Medicine, and on the boards of several AIDS service organizations in New York City, Miami, and Rochester. He also served on the AAA Nominations Committee (2001-04), as Treasurer of the National Association for the Practice of Anthropology (NAPA) (2002-04), and on the board of the Society for Medical Anthropology (SMA) (2004-07). He is currently a candidate for the President-Elect position at the SMA, an organization of over 1300 members. He is the 1996 recipient of the Solon T. Kimball Award for Public and Applied Anthropology, and the 2008 recipient of the AIDS and Anthropology Research Group Distinguished Service Award.

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