By Stephanie Kane
What do govt health and wellbeing guidelines, relevant American rituals, blue- and white-collar employees, HIV, and the conflict on medications have in universal with mayhem, homicide, and different social evils? AIDS Alibis is a clean, astute - in a be aware, hip - research of that commonality.
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The cement towers of Robert Taylor Homes are nearby. One of the largest housing projects in the United States, it is home to tens of thousands of people who can barely glimpse the economic horizons enjoyed by those in the glass and steel towers in the center city loop (Johnson 1994). The illicit drug and sex trade has devoured this landscape and many of it's people, and HIV is raging. George Lewis, also known as Loki, was an outreach worker for the project. He has since died. Loki's memory evokes in me the intense mixture of joy and pain, artfulness and decadence, that characterized my experience of being with folks in and around the southside field station.
If Jacqui ever entertained the possibility that she might grow up to be a professor down the street at the University of Chicago, she wouldn't be out there "at risk," making "choices" about whether to use condoms or not. Taking AIDS seriously means changing institutional structures of oppression; it means realizing that everyone who is an agent of those structures benefit's from them; it means questioning the existence of that unholy divide between Rockefeller's greensward and jacqui's stroll; it means releasing sexual service from the stigma of criminality.
The epidemiological model is always full enough to convey the reassuring illusion that the government has things under control. In fact, however, alongside the universe of quantitative and qualitative descriptions of people at risk is a universe of unasked questions. aids research and intervention is a form of surveillance, even when (or especially when) it is carried out with the benefit of the target population in mind. Those in power do the watching, the others are watched. The aim of public health is cramped within the limits of public acceptability and commitment in an antidrug-crazed era.