This chapter sets out the rationale behind the book and describes its conceptual underpinnings. It focuses in particular on the idea of politics, which grounds my approach to understanding both the nature of Global AIDS and its implications. Jacques Rancière’s work provides the conceptual framework for the chapter. This highlights the importance of considering the politics of ‘Global AIDS’ rather than the global politics of AIDS at a time when the sustainability of the lives of people living with HIV is becoming a major concern for the future concern. Using such an approach, the chapter analyses the practices associated with Global AIDS in a number of policy areas. Following this, the methodological grounds that make possible an analysis of the politics of Global AIDS – developed through an engagement with Niklas Luhman’s systems theory – are outlined.
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