Meddling with Mythology: AIDS and the Social Construction of by R. Barbour

By R. Barbour

Meddling with Mythology examines the function of study within the building of recent mythology or folklore surrounding HIV/AIDS. Researchers from a number of disciplines ponder the insights received and the influence in their paintings, in mild of the preliminary panic surrounding the prediction of an AIDS epidemic. matters mentioned include:- * strength * illustration * the politics of textual content * realizing study relationships * influence of study on researchers and responders * power for switch. Meddling with Mythology takes the reader from the theoretical to the possible and from the general public to the private within the representations of AIDS. the problems raised right here even have nice importance for these interested by the social development of data, concept development and the learn method extra regularly.

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Gelsthorpe, L.

There is no alternative to political commitment in feminist or SILENCE AND STRATEGY 25 any other ways of knowing. Since knowing is a political process, so knowledge is intrinsically political…. Other ways of knowing…are committed to other political goals. (Ramazanoglu 1992:210) Research accounts themselves are currently conceptualised as stories or narratives (for discussion, see Denzin 1989; Atkinson 1990; Duncombe and Marsden 1996). This acknowledges the constructed and contingent nature of research results or ‘truths’ (Steier 1991).

It may be not so much that the ‘sensitivity’ of our research topics is threatening. Rather, the research endeavour to know PWA/HIV, as it is potentially part of pathologising and disciplining 34 BRIAN HEAPHY strategies, poses a threat to PWA/HIV. In these terms the silence of PWA/HIV can be understood as a strategy of resistance (see also Abdulrahim, Chapter 3). The silences of research subjects have much to say to us about our research endeavours. In over-emphasising the empowering aims of AIDS/HIV research we risk silencing the extent to which the research exercise can be bound up with power/ knowledge in other ways.

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