Almost four decades after the discovery of HIV/AIDS, the world continues to grapple with this public health challenge. Thinking Differently about HIV/AIDS explores the limits of mainstream approaches to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and challenges readers to develop alternate solutions, emphasizing the value of critical social science perspectives. The contributors investigate traditions of inquiry – governmentality studies, institutional ethnography, and Indigenous knowledges, among others – to determine what these perspectives can bring to HIV/AIDS research, policy, and programming. Ultimately, this book demonstrates how and why critical social science is necessary for rethinking research and action required to address the epidemic.
Eric Mykhalovskiy is a professor in the Sociology Department at York University and is internationally recognized for his work on the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure. He is a senior editor of the Canadian Journal of Public Health and has published in a wide range of journals. He is a co-author of Global Public Health Vigilance: Creating a World on Alert and “Heal Thyself”: Managing Health Care Reform, among other works, and is a fellow of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS, Yale School of Public Health. Viviane Namaste is a professor at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University. She is the author of Imprimés interdits: La censure des journaux jaunes au Québec, 1955–1975; Oversight: Critical Reflections on Feminist Research and Politics; Sex Change, Social Change: Reflections on Identity, Institutions, and Imperialism; C’était du spectacle! L’histoire des artistes transsexuelles à Montréal, 1955–1985; and Invisible Lives: The Erasure of Transsexual and Transgendered People. She has co-authored several other works and received numerous awards for her scholarship and activism on HIV/AIDS.
Contributors: Barry D. Adam, Jeffrey P. Aguinaldo, Denielle Elliott, Martin French, Mark Gaspar, Daniel Grace, Adrian Guta, Colin Hastings, Randy Jackson, Stuart J. Murray, Jill Owczarzak, Andrew Petroll, Chris Sanders.