Compelling evidence: research methods, politics and HIV/AIDS in Papua, Indonesia

Munro, Jenny and Butt, Leslie (2012) Compelling evidence: research methods, politics and HIV/AIDS in Papua, Indonesia. The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 13 4: 334-351. doi:10.1080/14442213.2012.694467

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Author Munro, Jenny
Butt, Leslie
Title Compelling evidence: research methods, politics and HIV/AIDS in Papua, Indonesia
Journal name The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-2213
Publication date 2012-07-27
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14442213.2012.694467
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 13
Issue 4
Start page 334
End page 351
Total pages 18
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract Increasing calls for an evidence-based public health (EBPH) rely on forms of quantitative evidence to decide HIV/AIDS interventions. A major criticism of this method is it downplays the significance of experiential, cultural or political facets of HIV/AIDS. We apply the concept of ‘rendering technical’ to explore the relationship between methods used in HIV/AIDS research in Papua, Indonesia and current socioeconomic conditions. We analysed research methods used in sixty-two HIV/AIDS studies, assessed presentations at an international AIDS conference, and conducted ethnographic research in Papua. Nation-wide EBPH initiatives are implemented in Papua, yet there remains a critical mass of qualitative ethnographic studies carried out by indigenous scholars emphasising experiences of persons and culture, often within a colonial or post-colonial framework. We argue these studies partially counter approaches which render technical complex realities. In political conditions where indigenous minorities suffer inequities, qualitative ethnographic research may yield critical kinds of evidence, potentially contributing to more nuanced decision-making around HIV.
Keyword Evidence
Political conditions
Qualitative methods
Anthropology -- Indonesia
West Papua
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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