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Sovasova and the problem of sameness: Converging interpretive frameworks for making sense of HIV and AIDS in the Trobriand Islands.

Lepani, Katherine


This article considers how different models of sexuality and disease converge and interact to co-produce understandings of HIV and AIDS, and the implications of inter-cultural communication for effective HIV prevention in diverse settings. In the Trobriands Islands of Papua New Guinea, the phenomenon of sovasova, or chronic illness that manifests when members of the same matrilineal clan have sexual relations, is a persuasive and problematic form of cultural knowledge that directly influences...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Oceania


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