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Palgrave Macmillan

Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic

State Intimacies

ISBN 9781137389527
Publication Date May 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Challenging the popular perception of HIV as a consequence of the 'perverse intimacies' of sex and drug use, Anti-Black Racism and the AIDS Epidemic: State Intimacies argues that black racial disparities in HIV rates reflect the organization of anti-black, racialized poverty and structural violence. Racism, not race, ethnicity, or culture. The state has structured the ways in which black Americans have been made vulnerable to HIV exposure and infection far beyond the capacity of any individual or community to mitigate or control. From structured impoverishment to racial segregation, and from mass incarceration to the political death meted out to former prisoners, the primary structuring factor that has determined risk of HIV infection has been state intimacy, or the violent intimacy of the racist state.

Adam M. Geary is Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies at the University of Arizona, USA.

1. Rethinking AIDS in Black America
2. AIDS, Place, and the Embodiment of Racism
3. Mass Incarceration and the Black AIDS Epidemic
4. Representing Global AIDS: Africa, Heterosexuality, Violence
Conclusion – The Politics of Crisis


"Antiblack Racism and the AIDS Epidemic brings into view the overwhelming racial violence of the state, including the production of structural vulnerability at the level of population. Geary's work not only enables better thinking and more adequate analysis, but also, one hopes, more effective politics."- Jared Sexton, Director of African American Studies, University of California, Irvine, USA
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