Global HIV/AIDS Politics, Policy, and Activism

Persistent Challenges and Emerging Issues

by Raymond A. Smith, Editor

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October 2013


Pages 1155
Volumes 3
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Health & Wellness/Public Health

An international team of specialists in politics, policy, and activism provide an indispensable guide to the persistent challenges and emerging issues posed by the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, now in its fourth decade.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic is at a critical turning point. Compelling new findings herald the potential to eventually grind the epidemic to a halt through a combination of expanded treatment coverage and new biomedical approaches to prevention. At the same time, the severe global economic downturns have negatively affected wealthy donor nations that have provided the funds and technical support for programs in the developing world. It is against this backdrop that this landmark three-volume set was developed. It provides a broad overview of the critical political issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, inspects key areas of policy and policymaking, and spotlights the most important forms of activism and community mobilization.

The volumes reflect an eclectic and wide-ranging set of issues written by an international team comprising dozens of authors from nations including the United States, the United Kingdom, Ghana, South Africa, Brazil, Cambodia, Norway, and Qatar. The international contributors represent a variety of disciplines and bring with them a range of styles and methodological approaches appropriate to their specific topics and disciplines. An important addition to academic and public libraries, this expansive work will benefit students and other readers interested in politics, policymaking, public health, activism, and community mobilization, both in the United States and globally.


  • Authored by an international team of more than 70 contributors, including experts in political science, law, economics, sociology, psychology, anthropology, public health, and various biomedical fields
  • Supplies both academic and activist perspectives on this controversial topic, including viewpoints from major universities and NGOs
  • Includes coverage of every major region of the globe and epicenter of the HIV/AIDS epidemic to provide international perspective on the epidemic
  • Contains nearly all previously unpublished materials purpose-written for this comprehensive three-volume set
Author Info

Raymond A. Smith, PhD, is adjunct assistant professor of political science at Columbia University and New York University, and an investigator in the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at the Columbia University Medical Center. He is also a senior fellow with the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He is editor of The Encyclopedia of AIDS: A Social, Political, Cultural, and Scientific Record of the HIV Epidemic and of Greenwood's The Politics of Sexuality: A Documentary and Reference Guide, a volume of primary documents with commentary. Smith is also coeditor of the Praeger series New Trends and Ideas in American Politics and coauthor of Praeger's Drugs into Bodies: Global AIDS Treatment Activism.



"Forty-five original essays address these topics broadly in the global/transnational setting and then more specifically at the country and regional level. . . . Recommended."Choice

"The set shares solid biographical information about contributors, who range in expertise from university professor to advocate, and offers a truly eclectic mix of well-researched topics orbiting the HIV/AIDS sphere." ARBAonline

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