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ERIC Number: EJ718593
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0258-2236
"It's not as Easy as ABC": Dynamics of Intergenerational Power and Resistance within the Context of HIV-AIDS
Reddy, Shakila
Perspectives in Education, v23 n3 p11-19 Sep 2005
This article examines how young adults perceive the messages about HIV-AIDS, sex and risk that they receive from adults, and how this impacts on their sexual practices. It does this by firstly using a feminist methodological approach focusing exclusively on the voices of the learners, and secondly by drawing on Foucault's analysis of power relations to understand the dynamics of power experienced by learners in intergeneration relationships, specifically in relation to issues concerning sexual practices within the context of HIV/AIDS. The sample comprised 15-to 19-year-olds Indian and African learners in a co-educational school in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Drawing mainly on group (single-sex and mixed-sex) and individual (male and female) interview data, the findings indicate that young people are constructed within a sexual discourse as children rather than young adults and that their sexuality continues to lack social acceptability within a context where the relationships between adults and young adults are dominated by dynamics of control and resistance.
Perspectives in Education, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0002, South Africa. Tel: +27 (0)12 420 4732; Fax: +27 (0)12 362 5122; e-mail:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa; South Africa