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Responding to HIV and AIDS in Brazil


for Members

Responding to HIV and AIDS in Brazil

Monday, May 2, 2011

Wenner-Gren Foundation, 470 Park Avenue South, 8th Fl

Presented By

Presented by the Anthropology Section


Based on an extended ethnographic case study (carried out on an on-going basis over nearly 30 years), this paper analyzes the social and political dimensions to HIV and AIDS in Brazil. It focuses on the structural factors and social inequalities that have shaped the Brazilian epidemic over time. It then traces the historical development of grassroots mobilization in response to the epidemic, and the role of a number of key social movements in shaping both policy and practice in response to HIV and AIDS in Brazil. It examines the ways in which these developments took shape within a context of an opening in civil society and redemocratization after two decades of military dictatorship, and the ways they have evolved in relation to the changing context of Brazilian social and political history over the course of the past three decades. While the extended case study is primarily focused on local and national Brazilian experience, it also explores the ways in which these developments have influenced changing approaches on the global level – examining the ethical and political principles that Brazilian actors have increasingly articulated in intergovernmental and transnational political arenas.


Richard G. Parker

Sociomedical Sciences Columbia University


Ida Susser

Hunter College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

A reception will precede the meeting at 6:00 pm