This volume focuses on the role of language in the construction of knowledge about HIV/AIDS in diverse regions of the world. The collection of studies yields helpful insights about the discursive construction of this knowledge in both formal and informal contexts, while demonstrating how the tools of applied linguistics can be exercised to reveal a deeper understanding of the production and dissemination of this knowledge. The authors use a range of qualitative methodologies to critically explore the role of language and discourse in educational contexts in which various and sometimes competing forms of knowledge about HIV/AIDS are constructed. They draw on various forms of discourse analysis, ethnography, and social semiotics to interpret meaning-making practices in HIV/AIDS education in Australia, Cambodia, Burkina Faso, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.
Introduction - Applied Linguistics, Local Knowledge, and HIV/AIDS - Christina Higgins and Bonny Norton Chapter 1 Lengths of Life - Stories of Being with HIV - William Savage Chapter 2 Ugandan Students' Visual Representations of Health Literacies: A focus on HIV/AIDS Knowledge - Harriet Mutonyi and Maureen E. Kendrick Chapter 3 Is It Safer to Talk about Sex in Spanish or English?: Performing Young Adulthood in Oaxaca, Mexico - Angeles Clemente and Michael J. Higgins Chapter 4 Safe Sex - Not So Straightforward: Intersubjective Positioning in Gay Men's Accounts of Sexual Exposure to HIV - Henrike Korner Chapter 5 Dangerous Dogmas: AIDS, Discourse, and the Reality of the Rakhel System in India - Noushin Khushrushahi Chapter 6 Discursive Constructions of Responsibility in HIV/AIDS Prevention: Investigating Re-entextualization Practices in Tanzania - Christina Higgins Chapter 7 Uganda's ABC Program on HIV/AIDS Prevention: A Discursive Site of Struggle - Shelley Jones and Bonny Norton Chapter 8 Learning about AIDS Online: Identity and Expertise on a Gay Internet Forum - Rodney H. Jones Chapter 9 Contextualizing Local Knowledge: Reformulation in HIV/AIDS Prevention in Burkina Faso - Martina Drescher Chapter 10 What Difference Does This Make?: Studying Southern African Youth as Knowledge Producers within a New Literacy of HIV and AIDS - Claudia Mitchell, Jean Stuart, Naydene de Lange, Relebohile Moletsane, Thabisile Buthelezi, June Larkin, and Sarah Flicker Chapter 11 Articulations of Knowing: NGOs and HIV-positive Health in India - Mark Finn and Srikant Sarangi Chapter 12 Signs Show the Way: Reading HIV Prevention on the Andaman Islands - Annabelle Mooney