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Author Power, Jennifer, author

Title Movement, knowledge, emotion : gay activism and HIV/AIDS in Australia / Jennifer Power
Published Acton, ACT, Australia : Australian National University E Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (vii, 205 pages)
Contents Part 1: Fear and morality. The 'homosexual cancer': AIDS = gay -- Innocent identities -- Part 2: (Mis)trust and medicine. Public health and AIDS activism -- Treatment action -- Part 3: Grief and activism. Rites of belonging: The AIDS Memorial Quilt -- Epilogue: Bug chasers and criminals
Summary "This book is about community activism around HIV/AIDS in Australia. It looks at the role that the gay community played in the social, medical and political response to the virus. Drawing conclusions about the cultural impact of social movements, the author argues that AIDS activism contributed to improving social attitudes towards gay men and lesbians in Australia, while also challenging some entrenched cultural patterns of the Australian medical system, allowing greater scope for non-medical intervention into the domain of health and illness. The book documents an important chapter in the history of public health in Australia and explores how HIV/AIDS came to be a defining issue in the history of gay and lesbian rights in Australia"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (OAPEN, viewed July 13, 2016)
Subject AIDS (Disease) -- Political aspects -- Australia.
AIDS activists -- Australia.
Gay activists -- Australia.
Gay liberation movement -- Australia.
HIV infections -- Government policy -- Australia.
Homosexuality -- Political aspects -- Australia.
Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena
Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms.
Civil Rights.
Delivery of Health Care.
HIV Infections.
Health Care Economics and Organizations.
Health Policy.
History, 20th Century.
History, Modern 1601-
Homosexuality, Male.
Human Rights.
Immune System Diseases.
Immunologic Deficiency Syndromes.
Lentivirus Infections.
Phenomena and Processes
Population Characteristics.
Psychiatry and Psychology
Public Policy.
RNA Virus Infections.
Reproductive Physiological Phenomena.
Reproductive and Urinary Physiological Phenomena.
Retroviridae Infections.
Sexual Behavior.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Viral.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
Social Change.
Social Control Policies.
Social Control, Formal.
Social Sciences.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Virus Diseases.
Australia -- Social conditions -- 1976-
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1921862394 (electronic bk.)
9781921862397 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Gay activism and HIV/AIDS in Australia