AIDS capital of the world: Representing race, sex and space in Belle Glade, Florida

Title:
AIDS capital of the world: Representing race, sex and space in Belle Glade, Florida
Authors:
Raimondo, Meredith
Abstract:
In 1985, a small agricultural center in south Florida became the site of a controversy when two scientists reported unexpectedly high numbers of AIDS cases and proposed that mosquito transmission might be the explanation. This article examines the representation of Belle Glade in print mass media and professional research journals from 1985 to the mid-1990s in order to demonstrate the role of racialized constructions of space in producing the category of heterosexual transmission and in establishing its distinction from normative heterosexuality. Employing a strategy of scalar shift, representations of Belle Glade invoked various and sometimes incommensurate spatial registers to construct racialized hierarchies which promised to provide effective borders around the mobility of HIV. The trope of containment not only misrepresented the spatiality of sexual networks, but also treated those most at risk of HIV infection as a threat to the nation rather than as those most in need of intervention and support. In Belle Glade, the material effects of this exclusionary practice included placing responsibility on the town's residents for its difficulties while effacing larger structural forces that produced its particular geography. Although these events took place in the first decade of the AIDS crisis, they offer a rich opportunity to integrate Belle Glade into an understanding of the US AIDS epidemic as well as to consider many of the challenges HIV/AIDS continues to present globally, especially around the intersection of race, gender, poverty, international capitalism and locally diverse experiences.
Citation:
Raimondo, Meredith. "AIDS Capital of the World: Representing race, sex and space in Belle Glade, Florida." Gender, Place, and Culture 12.1 (2005): 53-70.
Publisher:
Routledge
DATE ISSUED:
2005-03
Department:
Comparative American Studies
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1080/09663690500082950
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310484

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dc.contributor.authorRaimondo, Meredithen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:34:06Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:34:06Z-
dc.date.issued2005-03en
dc.identifier.citationRaimondo, Meredith. "AIDS Capital of the World: Representing race, sex and space in Belle Glade, Florida." Gender, Place, and Culture 12.1 (2005): 53-70.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0966-369Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310484-
dc.description.abstractIn 1985, a small agricultural center in south Florida became the site of a controversy when two scientists reported unexpectedly high numbers of AIDS cases and proposed that mosquito transmission might be the explanation. This article examines the representation of Belle Glade in print mass media and professional research journals from 1985 to the mid-1990s in order to demonstrate the role of racialized constructions of space in producing the category of heterosexual transmission and in establishing its distinction from normative heterosexuality. Employing a strategy of scalar shift, representations of Belle Glade invoked various and sometimes incommensurate spatial registers to construct racialized hierarchies which promised to provide effective borders around the mobility of HIV. The trope of containment not only misrepresented the spatiality of sexual networks, but also treated those most at risk of HIV infection as a threat to the nation rather than as those most in need of intervention and support. In Belle Glade, the material effects of this exclusionary practice included placing responsibility on the town's residents for its difficulties while effacing larger structural forces that produced its particular geography. Although these events took place in the first decade of the AIDS crisis, they offer a rich opportunity to integrate Belle Glade into an understanding of the US AIDS epidemic as well as to consider many of the challenges HIV/AIDS continues to present globally, especially around the intersection of race, gender, poverty, international capitalism and locally diverse experiences.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherRoutledgeen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09663690500082950-
dc.subject.departmentComparative American Studiesen_US
dc.titleAIDS capital of the world: Representing race, sex and space in Belle Glade, Floridaen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalGender, Place, and Cultureen_US
dc.subject.keywordAIDS (Disease)en_US
dc.subject.keywordSexual orientationen_US
dc.subject.keywordSex (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.keywordHIV infectionsen_US
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