AIDS alibis: sex, drugs, and crime in the Americas by Stephanie Kane

By Stephanie Kane

What do govt health and wellbeing guidelines, imperative American rituals, blue- and white-collar staff, HIV, and the struggle on medications have in universal with mayhem, homicide, and different social evils? AIDS Alibis is a clean, astute - in a observe, hip - research of that commonality.

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The threat of AIDS pales in comparison to the risks children take walking to elementary school! S. justice system, Diana Gordon (1990, ix, 10, 242) shows how street crime has become a social problem whose unsolvability created opportunities for academics and practi- Page 33 tioners to get challenging and sometimes well-paid work. These professionals pay lip service to the idea that social and economic inequalities are key sources of high rates of assault, yet their solutions rely almost exclusively on a capture and confinement model that discriminates against the poor.

The new target groups tend to be those sectors of society that are amenable to operationalization by researchers, and they tend to leave out other possible groups that are harder to identify, such as bisexuals, gay black men, and generic married couples. The epidemiological model is always full enough to convey the reassuring illusion that the government has things under control. In fact, however, alongside the universe of quantitative and qualitative descriptions of people at risk is a universe of unasked questions.

The first horizon involves the personal and local meanings of particular events and relationships. Expanding textual analysis to the level of society lends insight into the struggles for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness of persons aligning with and against each other along lines of class, gender, race, nation, and profession. At its most expansive, textual analysis can speak to the changing destiny of our species. My task is to bend semiotics to activism. I read through the alibis that obscure the collective messages embedded within them, searching for the historical forces shaping that which we take for granted as natural (Barthes 1972, 12829).

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