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Ambivalent Blood: Religion, AIDS, and American Culture


Abstract Ambivalent Blood examines the unsettled status of religious language in the semiotic construction of HIV/AIDS in America. Since public discourse about HIV/AIDS began in 1981, a variety of religious grammars have been formulated, often at cross-purposes, to assign meaning to the epidemic. The disease's complex interaction with religion has been used to prophesize looming apocalypses, both religious and national, demand greater moral solicitude among the citizenry, forge political advantage within America's partisan political landscape, mobilize empathy and compassion for those stricken by the disease, and construct existential meaning for those who have already been consigned to physical and social death. Several studies fruitfully h... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Cleworth, Brandon (Author) / Fessenden, Tracy (Advisor) / Cady, Linell (Committee member) / Martinez, Jacqueline (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Religion / American history / Literature / AIDS / American / Culture / Nationalism / Religion
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 255 pages
Language English
Rights All Rights Reserved
Note Ph.D. Religious Studies 2012
Collaborating Institutions ASU Graduate College / ASU Libraries
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