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AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge - Alex Preda

AIDS, Rhetoric, and Medical Knowledge

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Published: 29th November 2004
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This book examines the formation of scientific knowledge about the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and shows the broader cultural assumptions which grounded this knowledge. Alex Preda highlights the metaphors, narratives, and classifications which framed scientific hypotheses about the nature of the infectious agent and its transmission ways and compares these arguments with those used in the scientific knowledge about SARS. Through detailed rhetorical analysis of biomedical publications, the author shows how knowledge about epidemics is shaped by cultural narratives and categories of social thought. Preda situates his analysis in the broader frame of the world risk society, where scientific knowledge is called upon to support and shape public policies about prevention and health maintenance, among others. But can these policies avoid the influence of cultural narratives and of social classifications? The book shows how culture matters for prevention and health policies, as well as with respect to how scientific research is organized and funded.

"The style in which the topic of AIDS is presented by Preda seems best suited for the academicians interested in developing theory and logic models for AIDS prevention, education and advocacy.... This book illustrates how important culture is within prevention and health policies with respect to how scientific research is organized and funded." - Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare

Introduction: AIDS and scientific knowledge
Making up the rules of seeing: opportunistic infections and the new syndrome
The economy of risk categories
The etiologic agent and the rhetoric of scientific debate
Retrovirus vs. Retrovirus: the arguments for HTLV-III, LAV, and HIV
The spatial configurations of 'AIDS Risk'
Who is how much? from qualities to quantities of risk
In lieu of a conclusion: do rhetorical practices matter?
References
Notes
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ISBN: 9780521837705
ISBN-10: 0521837707
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 290
Published: 29th November 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.7  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.57