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Respectable Gentlemen and Street-Savvy Men: HIV Vulnerability in Sri Lanka

Hewamanne, S (2017) 'Respectable Gentlemen and Street-Savvy Men: HIV Vulnerability in Sri Lanka.' Medical Anthropology, 36 (8). 744 - 757. ISSN 0145-9740

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Abstract

In this article, I investigate how particular discourses surrounding class specific understandings of sexual behavior and female morality shape awareness and views of the disease and personal vulnerability. Although both groups belong to the working class, those employed by the transportation board consider themselves government servants and, therefore, ?respectable gentlemen.? Construction workers identify easily with their class position, recognizing and sometimes trying to live up to the stereotypes of free sexuality. These different perceptions directly affect their concern and awareness of risk factors for sexually transmissible infections and safe-sex practices. While the ?respectable gentlemen? consider themselves invulnerable, the ?street-savvy men? learned about risks and took precautions to prevent STIs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sri Lanka, class and sexuality, construction workers, HIV/AIDS vulnerability, migrant men, transport workers
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Sandya Hewamanne
Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2017 16:12
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 02:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/18644

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