Pathways to the Politics of Global AIDS and the Meanings of AIDS

  • Hakan Seckinelgin
Part of the Social Aspects of HIV book series (SHIV, volume 3)


In this chapter, I look more closely at the emergence of the politics of Global AIDS by documenting the social and political challenges that were responded to by different actors. Central here is the claim that the way in which HIV is understood depends on the circumstances. Contextual factors create particular meanings of the disease, which evolve as circumstances change. I argue that a similar process also applies to the way in which the politics of AIDS developed throughout the 1980s and 1990s in the period prior to the creation of UNAIDS. In a similar way to how people with HIV have made sense of a new disease, so too did organizations, both nationally and internationally, as they encountered and engaged with the emergence of a new condition within specific socio-political circumstances.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hakan Seckinelgin
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  1. 1.Department of Social PolicyLondon School of Economics and PoliticalLondonUK

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