AIDS and Metaphor: Toward the Social Meaning of Epidemic Disease

September 1988
Social Research;Autumn1988, Vol. 55 Issue 3, p413
Academic Journal
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.


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