Social Networks, Drug Injectors’ Lives, and HIV/AIDS
ISBN/ASIN: 9780306460791,9780306471612,0306471612,0306460793 | 2002 | English | pdf | 277/289 pages | 2.88 Mb
Publisher: Springer US | Author: Samuel R. Friedman Ph.D., Richard Curtis Ph.D., Alan Neaigus Ph.D., Benny Jose Ph.D., Don C. Des Jarlais Ph.D. (auth.) | Edition: 1
Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS recognizes HIV as a socially structured disease – its transmission usually requires intimate contact between individuals – and shows how social networks shape high-risk behaviors and the spread of HIV.
The authors recount the groundbreaking use of social network methods, ethnographic direct-observation techniques, and in-depth interviews in their study of a drug-using community in Brooklyn, New York. They provide a detailed documentary of the lives of community members. They describe drug-use, the affects of poverty and homelessness, the acquisition of money and drugs, and social relationships within the group.
Social Networks, Drug Injectors' Lives, and HIV/AIDS shows that social networks and contexts are of crucial importance in understanding and fighting the AIDS epidemic. These findings should revitalize prevention efforts and reshape social policy.