Gender, culture and changing attitudes: experiences of HIV in Zimbabwe

O'Brien, Stephen and Broom, Alex (2013) Gender, culture and changing attitudes: experiences of HIV in Zimbabwe. Culture Health and Sexuality, 15 5: 583-597. doi:10.1080/13691058.2013.776111

Author O'Brien, Stephen
Broom, Alex
Title Gender, culture and changing attitudes: experiences of HIV in Zimbabwe
Journal name Culture Health and Sexuality   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1369-1058
Publication date 2013-05-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13691058.2013.776111
Volume 15
Issue 5
Start page 583
End page 597
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper draws on a series of qualitative interviews with 60 people living in economically poor communities of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, to provide new insight into the cultural landscape of HIV. While there has been extensive exploration of gender, sexuality, culture and HIV in Zimbabwe, there is a need to revisit these issues given the country's recent political and economic history. These questions have shaped the meanings that have been created around HIV (i.e., notions of HIV-as-death and as being produced by promiscuity) and the gendered mediation of cultural practices (i.e., forms of sexual expression and treatment uptake). Drawing on the accounts from a group directly affected by HIV, we illustrate the persistence of gendered and spiritualised ideas about 'blame', 'transmission' and 'treatment' and the disproportionate burden that still falls on Zimbabwean women. We conclude with an exploration of how everyday understandings of HIV may be shifting and the ways in which marginality, discrimination and stigma may be being challenged by openness, dialogue and attitude change.
Keyword Aids
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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