By Virginia Berridge, Philip Strong
The arrival of AIDS has ended in a revival of curiosity within the old courting of sickness to society. There now exists a brand new cognizance of AIDS and historical past, and of AIDS itself as an old occasion. this offers the starting-point of this selection of essays. Its dual topics are the 'pre-history' of the impression of AIDS, and its next background. Essays within the part at the 'pre-history' of AIDS examine the contexts opposed to which AIDS may be measured. The part on AIDS as historical past provides chapters via historians and coverage scientists on such subject matters as British and US medicinal drugs coverage, the later years of AIDS rules within the united kingdom and the emergence of AIDS as a political factor in France. a last bankruptcy seems on the archival strength within the AIDS zone. As a complete the quantity demonstrates the contribution that historians could make within the research of near-contemporary occasions.
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AIDS: The Burdens of History (Berkeley, 1988), and Elizabeth Fee and Daniel M. ), AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease (Berkeley, 1992). 2 For a fuller development contextualisation of the points made here, see Jeffrey Weeks, Sexuality and its Discontents: Meanings, Myths and Modern Sexualities (London, 1985); and idem, Sexuality (Chichester and London, 1986). 3 The locus classicus of constructionist arguments is Michel Foucault, The History of Sexuality, vol. I: An Introduction (London, 1979).
On the contrary, it reveals the interplay of diverse forces, burdened (like AIDS) by a multiplicity of often incompatible histories. NOTES 1 For discussions of the multiple histories of AIDS, see Elizabeth Fee and Daniel M. ), AIDS: The Burdens of History (Berkeley, 1988), and Elizabeth Fee and Daniel M. ), AIDS: The Making of a Chronic Disease (Berkeley, 1992). 2 For a fuller development contextualisation of the points made here, see Jeffrey Weeks, Sexuality and its Discontents: Meanings, Myths and Modern Sexualities (London, 1985); and idem, Sexuality (Chichester and London, 1986).
It had grown significantly during the 1970s, largely through the stimulus of the radical gay liberation movement which was launched in 1970, in large part under American influence. 22 But by the early 1980s the initial political impetus had exhausted itself. The gay liberation movement itself had fragmented in the early 1970s, and the various militant groupings it had given rise to were themselves in crisis by the early 1980s. 23 There was a felt mood of vulnerability in the British gay community as policies swung dramatically to the right under Margaret Thatcher.