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Journal of African American Studies

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 361–364 | Cite as

Seth Kalichman, Denying AIDS: Conspiracy Theories, Pseudoscience, and Human Tragedy

New York: Copernicus Books/Springer Science+Business Media, 2009, 205 Pp, $25.00, ISBN: 978-0-387-79475-4
  • Anthony Lemelle
Book Review

Seth Kalichman (University of Connecticut) contributes a groundbreaking analysis of the way some have denied the realities of AIDS. AIDS denial appears in different forms from different segments of the population. However, Kalichman’s most impressive accomplishment is to have globally understood the denial discourse. By doing so, he joins with other major scholars like Cindy Patton, Inventing AIDS, and Jacob Levenson, The Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS and Black America, in offering a political sociology of postmodern fragmentation, dislocation, and perils of struggles with life and death in the time of AIDS. The big lesson in this context is that decisions made in one geographic region and at a given time has consequences around the globe. Decisions affect others even when the global west makes decisions; they affect the developing global south.

Denying AIDSincludes six chapters. Chapter 1 develops the persistence of the denial of science problem. In brief, there has been...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyJohn Jay College of Criminal JusticeNew YorkUSA

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