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ERIC Number: EJ764266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
"I Don't Want to Catch It". Boys, Girls and Sexualities in an HIV/AIDS Environment
Bhana, Deevia; Epstein, Debbie
Gender and Education, v19 n1 p109-125 Jan 2007
This paper examines young South African school children's understanding of HIV/AIDS. Based on ethnographic work in two schools in Greater Durban, it explores the impact of HIV/AIDS on the ways in which gender and sexuality are articulated against the backdrop of race and class specific contexts. The first part of the paper examines the children's discourses of sex, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. We show that young children's meanings of sex and sexuality are not straightforward and are actively produced and defined through a range of social processes. These processes shape the extent to which young children experience sexuality within discourses of fear and pleasure. Young children's meanings of HIV/AIDS are explored in the second part of the paper. Here we show how their knowledge of HIV/AIDS is socially structured through class/race and gender and these forms of social relations provide the framing and reference points for children's constructions of meanings around HIV/AIDS. We finish the paper by raising some theoretical and practical/political questions about the implications of what we have found for HIV/AIDS education in South Africa. (Contains 1 table and 9 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa