Context Matters! But Why?
Most RCT-related knowledge claims explicitly stress the importance of adherence. Although context may additionally be mentioned in addition to adherence, I argue that all adherence is a function of context. In the light of this, this chapter considers what is meant by ‘context’ within discussions of Global AIDS and compares this with some discussions of context within the social sciences more generally. After considering briefly arguments about Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision as an HIV-related intervention, I focus on the structural drivers’ debate as one attempt to pay serious attention to notions of context as part of the global AIDS response. I conclude that knowledge needs and claims within Global AIDS system systematically misunderstands the idea of context. This, I argue, diverts attention away from individual and collective experience of HIV and AIDS as part of everyday life.
KeywordsMale Circumcision Implementation Purpose Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Context Matter Everyday Context
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