“We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identity

dc.contributor.authorRohleder, Poul
dc.contributor.authorGibson, Kerry
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T10:12:22Z
dc.date.available2016-05-04T10:12:22Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.date.updated2016-05-04T10:09:45Z
dc.description.abstractWomen have been identified as being at greater risk in South Africa's growing HIV epidemic. Stigma contributes to the epidemic, as it makes HIV positive individuals reluctant to become identified and seek appropriate care. The purpose of this study is to begin to explore how women experience and deal with AIDS stigma under conditions where they have little formal support. In-depth, narrative interviews were conducted with ten HIV-positive women, living in a poor, black township in Cape Town. The study used both Social Constructionist and Psychoanalytic theory to understand the impact that their ‘spoiled identity’ had on the emotional lives of these women. The study elicited women's narratives as they talked about their experience of living with a ‘spoiled identity’. The analysis suggested that the women drew on negative social discourses around HIV, which were then internalised, to become part of the self. However, the narratives also indicated the women's resistance to their stigmatised identity. The narratives illustrated their attempts to fend off the 'spoiled identity' by splitting off these bad representations and projecting them outside of themselves.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationRohleder, P., & Gibson, K. (2005). <i>“We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identity</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR). Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19409en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationRohleder, Poul, and Kerry Gibson <i>“We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identity.</i> University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR), 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19409en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationRohleder, P., & Gibson, K. (2006). We are not fresh’: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their ‘spoiled identity. Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Townen_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn1-77011-042-9en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Working Paper AU - Rohleder, Poul AU - Gibson, Kerry AB - Women have been identified as being at greater risk in South Africa's growing HIV epidemic. Stigma contributes to the epidemic, as it makes HIV positive individuals reluctant to become identified and seek appropriate care. The purpose of this study is to begin to explore how women experience and deal with AIDS stigma under conditions where they have little formal support. In-depth, narrative interviews were conducted with ten HIV-positive women, living in a poor, black township in Cape Town. The study used both Social Constructionist and Psychoanalytic theory to understand the impact that their ‘spoiled identity’ had on the emotional lives of these women. The study elicited women's narratives as they talked about their experience of living with a ‘spoiled identity’. The analysis suggested that the women drew on negative social discourses around HIV, which were then internalised, to become part of the self. However, the narratives also indicated the women's resistance to their stigmatised identity. The narratives illustrated their attempts to fend off the 'spoiled identity' by splitting off these bad representations and projecting them outside of themselves. DA - 2005 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Centre for Social Science Research LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2005 SM - 1-77011-042-9 T1 - “We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identity TI - “We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identity UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19409 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/19409
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationRohleder P, Gibson K. “We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identity. 2005 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19409en_ZA
dc.languageengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentCentre for Social Science Research(CSSR)en_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)*
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dc.sourceCentre for Social Science Research
dc.source.urihttp://www.cssr.uct.ac.za
dc.subject.otherHIV/AIDS
dc.subject.otherStigma
dc.title“We are not fresh”: HIV-positive women talk of their experience of living with their spoiled identityen_ZA
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