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Framing the Sexual SubjectThe Politics of Gender, Sexuality, and Power$
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Richard Parker, Regina Maria Barbosa, and Peter Aggleton

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520218369

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520218369.001.0001

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Male HomosexualityAnd Seropositivity

Male HomosexualityAnd Seropositivity

The Construction of Social Identities in Brazil

(p.60) Chapter Three Male HomosexualityAnd Seropositivity
Framing the Sexual Subject

Richard Parker

Regina Maria Barbosa

Peter Aggleton

University of California Press

This chapter examines some recent work on emerging homosexual and gay identities and communities in countries such as Brazil. It studies how these new forms have been connected to the experience of HIV infection and the construction of seropositivity as a subtle social/sexual identity. It takes a look at the social organization of homosexuality in Brazil before and after the emergence of AIDS. The discussion also emphasizes the many ways the epidemic has changed the subjective experience of homosexual men. This chapter also explains how gay men and emerging gay communities have affected Brazilian society's responses to AIDS, and how this contribution has influenced the reconstruction of social representations of the epidemic and themselves.

Keywords:   homosexual identities, gay communities, HIV infection, seropositivity, social/sexual identity, social organization, homosexuality, homosexual men, responses to AIDS, social representations

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