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Meddling with Mythology examines the function of study within the building of recent mythology or folklore surrounding HIV/AIDS. Researchers from a number of disciplines think about the insights won and the impression in their paintings, in mild of the preliminary panic surrounding the prediction of an AIDS epidemic. matters mentioned include:- * strength * illustration * the politics of textual content * knowing learn relationships * influence of study on researchers and responders * strength for swap. Meddling with Mythology takes the reader from the theoretical to the potential and from the general public to the non-public within the representations of AIDS. the problems raised right here even have nice importance for these all in favour of the social building of data, thought development and the examine approach extra usually.

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III Narrative exchange Neil Small uses economic and anthropological theory of exchange to consider the extent to which it is appropriate to view the research relationship as a gift exchange. He raises important issues with respect to the potential for reciprocity within a research and service provision context which is driven by a market ideology. Clive Foster describes how the inhabitants of an Edinburgh housing estate employed stories to create social and moral order in an existence otherwise disrupted and marred by heroin and AIDS.

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If we are truly interested in addressing the power/research relationship we must therefore interrogate, and voice, how our research benefits the populations we study and how it does not. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS My thanks to Kevin Eisenstadt and Rachel Thomson for invaluable conversations relating to this chapter. REFERENCES Anderson, K. and Jack, D. Patai (eds) Women’s Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History, London: Routledge. Atkinson, P. (1990) The Ethnographic Imagination: Textual Constructions of Reality, London: Routledge.

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