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The Ethics and Politics of Researching HIV/AIDS Within the School Context in South Africa

  • Labby Ramrathan
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 34)

Abstract

This chapter presents the author’s experience and thoughts on ethical and political issues associated with researching HIV/AIDS in South Africa. These thoughts and experiences have been derived from the author’s engagement in research activities, supervision of postgraduate students’ research work and project work. The chapter presents a contextual landscape of the issues emerging from researching HIV/AIDS within South Africa. This contextual landscape then raises issues of ethics and politics associated with the pandemic leading to a conception of data as agency as a theoretical tool to understanding the complexity and competing agendas for researching HIV/AIDS within South Africa.

Ethical issue Political issue HIV/AIDS research South Africa Data as agency Researcher as activist Researcher as agency Researcher as mediator Critical discourse analysis 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Labby Ramrathan
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  1. 1.Faculty of EducationUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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