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AIDS and South Africa

Kyle D. Kauffman David L. Lindauer
Price: $ 24.95

The HIV/AIDS pandemic striking South Africa is of historic proportions. More people are living with AIDS in South Africa than in any other country in the world. Just in the past decade, the life expectancy in South Africa has dropped from 67 to 43 years. The social and economic impact of this disease is hard to overstate. However, what is striking is the paucity of thoughtful, reflective scholarship and writing on the subject. AIDS and South Africa: The Social Expression of a Pandemic addresses the economic, social and cultural impact of HIV/AIDS as it relates to South African society.

"In many fundamental ways this volume reflects both the approach and the spirit needed to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS in South Africa. There will not be one solution to the AIDS pandemic. We need to fight this battle on many fronts. We need to understand the politics, both nationally and internationally, that have conditioned the thus far inadequate response to HIV/AIDS. We need to anticipate the economic consequences of the epidemic and to prepare for them. We need to understand individual behavior, especially of our youth, that puts too many at risk. We need to promote the activism required for change. This volume addresses these critical elements."--Desmond M. Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus

Kyle D. Kauffman is Jaan Walther Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought, Associate Professor of Economics and David L. Lindauer is Professor of Economics, both at Wellesley College.

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