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Title:HIV/AIDS in Africa: Links, Livelihoods and Legacies
Author:Love, Roy
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Africa
global economy
medical history
Health and Nutrition
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Economics and Trade
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0305624042000327796
Abstract:The appearance and rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa has coincided with major changes in the structure and dynamics of international capitalism, and has impacted on land use and the composition of the labour market, affecting both extra-household and intra-household relationships. One might say that the coincidence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic with the various manifestations of capitalist adjustment is no more than that. This would be too simple, however. The author aks: why Africa, and why so soon in Africa? He argues that the answer to these questions lies in the impact of the slave trade. The intergenerational impact on stunted institutional development and transfer of skills, knowledge and experience created by the trade in slaves extended into the later expansion of colonial penetration, which did little to lay the foundations of any sustainable form of 'economic take-off' during the immediate period of independence. At the same time, the advanced capitalist nations, building in great part on their colonial assets, experienced continual expansion, to metamorphose into their globalized character by the late decades of the 20th century - just at the time when the HIV virus was entering the human chain and ready to take off at its weakest points. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]