AIDS: Activism and Alliances (Social Aspects of Aids Series) by Peter Aggleton

By Peter Aggleton

From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic there were demands larger harmony among affected teams and groups, and public healthiness prone. this is often noticeable either within the flow in the direction of fit alliances in well-being provider paintings, and within the calls for of AIDS activists all over the world. this article brings jointly particularly chosen papers addressing those and comparable topics given on the 8th convention on Social points of AIDS held in London in past due 1995. one of the concerns tested are occupation and coverage; the heightened vulnerability of teams resembling ladies and more youthful homosexual males; and problems with drug use, incapacity and HIV prevention.

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Definitions of disability are not rationally determined but rather socially constructed: what becomes seen as a disability is determined by the various social meanings attached to certain physical and mental impairments. These may contain the articulated agendas of particular interest groups with potential detrimental effects on people with disabilities as these definitions are used as the basis for the development of social policy. ‘The so-called “objective” criteria of disability reflects the biases, self-interests, and moral evaluations of those in a position to influence policy’ (Albrecht and Levy, 1981, p.

This view thus questions whether such people are even deserving of sympathy let alone compensation (see, for example, Goss and AdamSmith, 1995). Discrimination against those with AIDS can be seen as a form of social oppression requiring the formal establishment of their civil rights. This cannot be done by legislation alone: the law is more effective when seeking to deal with problems that arise as a result of discrimination than it is in trying to deal with its causes. However, as the Americans with Disabilities Act shows, treating disability as socially constructed, combined with a clear commitment to address the discrimination that flows from this, can provide a foundation on which civil rights can develop.

The National Advisory Committee on AIDS (NACAIDS) was established to provide a dialogue between the Commonwealth and the communities affected (Gray, 1987, p. 234). The death of what came to be known as the Queensland babies could have had devastating effects on the gay community through a public backlash blaming the death of the children directly on gay men in general. Yet this incident worked to the advantage of the gay community by galvanizing the gay community ‘and everybody else for the next phase of the epidemic’ (Carr, 1992, p.

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