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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25672

Title: A Conversation about Conversations: Dialogue Based Methodology And HIV/AIDS In Sub-Saharan Africa
Authors: Rolston, Imara
Advisor: Schugurensky, Daniel
Department: Adult Education and Counselling Psychology
Keywords: HIV/AIDS
Sub-Saharan Africa
HIV/ AIDS Prevention
Dialogue
Community Capacity Enhancement
Structural Violence
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2011
Abstract: The world’s understanding of HIV/AIDS is grounded in biomedicine and shaped by cognitive psychology. Both biomedicine and cognitive psychology bonded with historically top-down development mechanisms to create ‘prevention’ strategies that obscured from vision the root causes of the pandemic. Within this hierarchy, bio-medicine and the cognitive psychological conception of human beings silenced indigenous voices and experiences of communities fighting HIV/AIDS. This is most certainly true in the case of Sub-Saharan Africa. This research explores the emergence of the Community Capacity Enhancement – Community Conversations prevention approach that places community dialogue, and the voices of communities, at the forefront of the battle to end HIV/AIDS and deconstruct and challenge the forms of structural violence that hold prevalence rates in their place. Within these spaces, oral traditions, indigenous knowledge, and resistance illustrate new and complex pictures of the viruses’ socio-economic impact and provide new foundations for community generated movements to curb the virus.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25672
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