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Making Sense of AIDSCulture, Sexuality, and Power in Melanesia$
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Leslie Butt and Richard Eves

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831936

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.001.0001

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Buying Betel and Selling Sex

Buying Betel and Selling Sex

Contested Boundaries, Risk Milieus, and Discourses about HIV/AIDS in the Markham Valley, Papua New Guinea

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Making Sense of AIDS
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Bettina Beer

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831936.003.0006

This chapter examines the discourses about HIV/AIDS in the Markham Valley in Papua New Guinea. Despite the widespread epidemic in Papua New Guinea, the Wampar society who live near the city of Lae in the Markham Valley do not yet know or talk about specific cases of HIV-infected people or cases of AIDS. Yet HIV/AIDS is frequently discussed, for it is seen as a general threat to Wampar well-being and identity, as are certain other diseases, immigration, criminality, sorcery, immorality, and the transportation of drugs and weapons from Papua New Guinea's highland provinces. Thus, the HIV problem is embedded among threats perceived to come from outside Wampar society.

Keywords:   HIV, AIDS, Wampar society, HIV problem, Wampar identity

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