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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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Smoke from Fire

Smoke from Fire

Desire and Secrecy in Auki, Solomon Islands

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Making Sense of AIDS

Holly Buchanan-Aruwafu

Rose Maebiru

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter looks beyond the numbers about HIV to the nuances of desire among young people and the contexts of their lives in order to provide a fuller understanding of the experiences and vulnerability of young people in contemporary Melanesia. Surveys and ethnographic studies conducted in 2000 in Auki, the capital of Malaita, show how globalization has altered young people's knowledge of sexuality, forms of desire, and specific sexual practices. Indeed, changing sexual knowledge, secrecy, and globalization create new possibilities for young people to express their sexuality and eroticism despite the proscriptive social conventions in Malaita. The majority of young people resisted sexual prohibitions, were sexually active from a young age, had multiple partners, and rarely used condoms.

Keywords:   HIV, contemporary Melanesia, sexuality, desire, sexual practices, sexual knowledge, globalization, eroticism, sexual activity

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