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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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When There’s No Accessing Basic Health Care

When There’s No Accessing Basic Health Care

Local Politics and Responses to HIV/AIDS at Lake Kopiago, Papua New Guinea

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Making Sense of AIDS

Nicole Haley

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how the AIDS epidemic is being experienced, interpreted, understood, and confronted in Lake Kopiago in the far northwestern corner of Southern Highlands Province. There, AIDS deaths are being attributed to the agency of witches, giving rise to heightened concerns about witchcraft more generally, and are being viewed and talked about as symptomatic of the world's end. Indeed, for the Duna speakers of Lake Kopiago, the AIDS epidemic is unfolding within a cosmology that gives priority to notions of entropic decline by paying particular attention to instances of social, moral, and environmental degradation. The chapter also assesses some assumptions being made about HIV/AIDS.

Keywords:   AIDS epidemic, Lake Kopiago, AIDS deaths, witchcraft, Duna people

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