Sex (Work), Drugs, and HIV/AIDS: Narrating Agency in Bali

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Title: Sex (Work), Drugs, and HIV/AIDS: Narrating Agency in Bali
Author: Zelnick, Jennifer A.
Advisor: Saleh, Zainab; Ngwane, Zolani
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Anthropology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: This paper explores the ways in which ODHA (Orang Dengan HIV/AIDS, or individuals living with HIV/AIDS) in Bali negotiate agency. I argue that institutionalized inequalities produce a dominant and dominating discourse or “master narrative” on HIV/AIDS that systematically (re)inscribes ODHA as immoral, liminal, and deviant. I seek to explore the ways in which these individuals simultaneously accept and reject stigma, structural violence, symbolic violence, and the master narrative as a means of understanding, interpreting, and negotiating their own agency. Building upon existing relevant literature on the Anthropology of HIV/AIDS in Indonesia and my own ethnographic experiences in Bali during the summer of 2011, I will employ social theory in order to examine the underlying causes of such inequalities, and how individuals both accept and challenge these conditions.
Subject: HIV-positive women -- Bali -- Services for
Subject: Social work with prostitutes -- Bali
Subject: HIV-positive women -- Bali -- Crimes against
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