© 2009

Boys to Men in the Shadow of AIDS

Masculinities and HIV Risk in Zambia

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 1-17
  3. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 19-35
  4. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 37-60
  5. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 61-90
  6. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 91-114
  7. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 115-143
  8. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 145-170
  9. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 171-192
  10. Anthony Simpson
    Pages 193-204
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 205-243

About this book


This ethnography charts the lives of mission-educated men in Zambia and their search for meaning in the AIDS pandemic, as well as their responses to prevention and HIV testing. It also suggests how hegemonic masculinities may begin to be re-figured and gender relationships redesigned.


AIDS Design gender HIV Sex

About the authors

ANTHONY SIMPSON teaches social anthropology at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of 'Half-London' in Zambia: Contested Identities in a Catholic Mission School and has published articles on postcolonial education, Christian missions, and masculinities and HIV/AIDS in Zambia. 

Bibliographic information


"This book is important. It goes beyond crude dichotomies about gender and describes the subtleties of male gender identity, sexuality and sexual expression in a place where how maleness is acted out can determine life expectancy and the fate of a man s sexual partners and his children. Here we have a sensitive and thoughtful account of masculinity in Zambia derived from unique field work over almost 25 years." - Tony Barnett, London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

"This book is a stunning demonstration of how ethnography can illuminate the vital issues of our time. With extraordinary sensitivity and deep understanding, Anthony Simpson shows us sides of Zambian men's intimate lives that we have simply never seen before. The deep contextual understanding this study provides should be a revelation to AIDS researchers, and is also sure to be important for a broad range of scholars with interests in youth, masculinity, and sexuality. - James Ferguson, Chair of Anthropology, Stanford University

"An intriguing study of maleness in the context of Africa and the HIV/AIDS epidemic." - CHOICE