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Title:HIV in Harare: the role and relevance of social stigma
Authors:O'Brien, StephenISNI
Broom, AlexISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research (ISSN 1727-9445)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
External link:https://doi.org/10.2989/16085906.2014.961941
Abstract:HIV is a significant social, political and economic problem in Zimbabwe. However, few researchers have explored peoples' experiences of living with HIV in that country. Drawing on 60 qualitative interviews conducted with Zimbabweans living in Harare in 2010, this paper focuses on how people from four different urban communities cope with HIV-related social stigma. To provide theoretical context to this issue, the authors utilised the ideas of Erving Goffman for exploring the individual experience of stigma and the concept of structural violence to understand stigma as a social phenomenon. This paper considers the relevance and role of stigma in the context of a country undergoing significant social, political and economic crisis. The authors investigated the strategies adopted by the Zimbabwean state and the influence of traditional and religious interpretations to appreciate the historical roots of HIV-related stigma. Theye took into account the ways in which the articulation of HIV with gender has caused women to experience stigma differently than men, and more intensely, and how grassroots activism and biomedical technologies have transformed the experience of stigma. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]