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Hope of a nation - experiences of social exclusion giving rise to spaces of inclusion for people living with HIV and AIDs in South Africa : a reflection

Lamaro, Greer 2009, Hope of a nation - experiences of social exclusion giving rise to spaces of inclusion for people living with HIV and AIDs in South Africa : a reflection. In Taket, Ann, Crisp, Beth R., Nevill, Annemarie, Lamaro, Greer, Graham, Melissa and Barter-Godfrey, Sarah (ed), Theorising social exclusion, Taylor & Francis, Abingdon, England, pp.154-165.

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Title Hope of a nation - experiences of social exclusion giving rise to spaces of inclusion for people living with HIV and AIDs in South Africa : a reflection
Author(s) Lamaro, Greer
Title of book Theorising social exclusion
Editor(s) Taket, AnnORCID iD for Taket, Ann orcid.org/0000-0002-0971-5884
Crisp, Beth R.ORCID iD for Crisp, Beth R. orcid.org/0000-0001-7863-4482
Nevill, Annemarie
Lamaro, Greer
Graham, MelissaORCID iD for Graham, Melissa orcid.org/0000-0002-0927-0002
Barter-Godfrey, Sarah
Publication date 2009
Chapter number 2.13
Total chapters 21
Start page 154
End page 165
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of Publication Abingdon, England
Keyword(s) social exclusion
social connectedness
social inclusion
HIV and Aids
gender
South Africa
Summary South Africa has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS in the world. No one particular group is affected by the virus – rather, it is indiscriminate. Responses to HIV are diverse, and can be starkly contradictory. This author lived among the Xhosa people in rural Eastern Cape, working in community development. The program was a population-based youth empowerment program around HIV prevention. The work involved engaging youth in a range of civic participation activities, and networking with other community based groups and organisations, health and social services, and government departments. This reflection out a narrative of the lived experiences of social exclusion and social connectedness for people living with HIV/AIDS in rural Eastern Cape. It draws out the paradox of how the high prevalence of stigma and discrimination towards those with the illness, and their subsequent experience of social exclusion, actually creates opportunities for social connectedness through support group participation. This in turn is fashioning an emerging social movement breaking down barriers of stigma, and contributing to broader social change to support HIV action.

The reflection begins by outlining the current context and underlying determinants of the proliferation of HIV in the Eastern Cape, including a discussion of exclusion as a determinant. An exploration of how exclusion is also experienced as an outcome of positive HIV status follows. Finally, an explanation of how the experience of exclusion can be transformed into spaces of connectedness, and implications for health promotion practice in this context is also presented.
ISBN 0415475848
9780415475846
Language eng
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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