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HIV and the "dirty" other: Living with a spoiled identity

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Tea and coffee are served before this seminar for attendees from 12.30pm onwards in the Nick Macintosh Seminar Room on the 2nd floor.

Ever since first diagnosed HIV has been represented as a disease of “others” – those seen by many in society as degenerate, immoral and to be blamed for HIV . Much has changed in the fight against the HIV epidemic, with significant medical advances resulting in HIV being considered a chronic, manageable condition. Yet, the stigma continues. Using Goffman’s (1963) notion of a “spoiled identity”, the impact that HIV has on a sense of identity is explored using data from qualitative studies conducted in South Africa and in the UK. The individual narratives reveal significant struggles with feelings of socially-mediated shame, which impact on the individual’s relationships to self and others.

This talk is part of the Social Psychology Seminar Series (SPSS) series.

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