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Title:On HIV, Sex and Respect: Local-Global Discourse Encounters among the Datoga of Tanzania
Author:Blystad, AstridISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review (ISSN 1027-4332)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Tanzania
East Africa
sex education
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Health and Nutrition
Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health
AIDS (Disease)
Cultural values
Datoga (African people)
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24487415
Abstract:This paper explores the manner in which globally constructed AIDS and HIV control messages are received by the Datoga, a semi-nomadic people of Tanzania. It reflects on how messages on safe sex in national/global HIV campaigns are not in accord with Datoga concepts and practices, and the effects of such dissonance. In an attempt to grasp the dynamics at work in the encounters between HIV prevention messages and local sexual concepts and practices, some central Foucauldian questions are asked, such as how and why sexual activity is constituted as a moral domain among the Datoga. The substantial Datoga preoccupation with procreation is located at the heart of the argument. The discussion reveals how Datoga sexuality is becoming increasingly troubled, compounding and accentuating the already severe uncertainties experienced in everyday life. The paper argues that unless communication about HIV/AIDS takes the cultural contexts that shape risk behaviour into account, such campaigns will fall on deaf ears, and may cause more suffering than less. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]