TITLE

AIDS and Metaphor: Toward the Social Meaning of Epidemic Disease

PUB. DATE
September 1988
SOURCE
Social Research;Autumn1988, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p413
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the metaphoric usage of epidemics including AIDS. It is reported that diseases are not merely a biological phenomena but social responses to them reflect much on the social, political and cultural attitudes of a particular society. It has been said that in the early decades of the 20th century U.S., venereal diseases became metaphors for the anxieties of this time. The metaphoric usage of diseases, it is reported, continue with the emergence of cancer and AIDS. He cites the case of homosexuality. Though it has now been removed as a disease from the psychiatric diagnostic manuals, it is still considered a lethal communicable disease.
ACCESSION #
24830013

 

Related Articles

  • Illness as Metaphor; AIDS and its Metaphors. Curran, James // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);9/8/2007, Vol. 335 Issue 7618, p517 

    The article reviews the book "Illness as Metaphor; AIDS and its Metaphors," by Susan Sontag.

  • Contagion as Metaphor. Davis, Cynthia J. // American Literary History;Winter2002, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p828 

    This article focuses on the book "Illness As Metaphor," by Susan Sontag. According to Sontag, illness is not a metaphor, although it is frequently treated as one. She says that the most truthful way of regarding illness is one most purified of, resistant to, metaphoric thinking. Seeking to halt...

  • AIDS AS METAPHOR. Teixeira, Bryan // Body Politic;Sep83, Issue 96, p40 

    Discusses the AIDS and its label as a gay disease. Groups of people maintaining the viewpoint that AIDS is a gay disease; Information about AIDS; Public health issues that relate to AIDS as a blood-borne disease; Background on the book "Illness As Metaphor," by Susan Sontag.

  • Symbol of a nightmare society. Porter, Roy // BMJ: British Medical Journal (International Edition);1/1/94, Vol. 308 Issue 6920, p67 

    Reviews the book 'AIDS As Metaphor,' by Susan Sontag.

  • AIDS and Its Metaphors. Sobran, Joseph // National Review;2/24/1989, Vol. 41 Issue 3, p48 

    The article reviews the book "AIDS and Its Metaphors," by Susan Sontag. INSET: Random notes.

  • The Meaning of AIDS. Reed, Paul // Advocate;3/14/89, Issue 520, p61 

    Reviews the book 'AIDS and Its Metaphors,' by Susan Sontag.

  • AIDS and Its Metaphors. Roudiez, Leon S. // World Literature Today;Fall89, Vol. 63 Issue 4, p685 

    Reviews the book "AIDS and Its Metaphors," by Susan Sontag.

  • Illness as Metaphor. Moskowitz, Richard // Journal of the American Institute of Homeopathy;Autumn2001, Vol. 94 Issue 3, p176 

    Spurred by Susan Sontag's refutation of illness as metaphor, Dr. Moskowitz here presents his rebuttal of that assertion and provides ample evidence from his clinical practice of how metaphorical thinking, or thinking by analogy goes straight to the heart of the homeopathic endeavor.

  • Multiculturalism as Disease: Advocating AIDS. Norton, Jody // Journal of Medical Humanities;Summer1998, Vol. 19 Issue 2/3, p99 

    Presents a muticultural critical analysis of HIV and AIDS. Model used in implementing national HIV/AIDS prevention and education efforts; Views of Susan Sontag on illness; Limitation of a coalitional/communitarian approach to HIV/AIDS.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics