Bearing Witness by Philip M Kayal
Gay Men's Health Crisis And The Politics Of Aids

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This study tells how one community-based initiative - Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in New York - overcame the obstacles of homophobia and fear of AIDS by organizing groups of volunteers who "bear witness" to the suffering of people with AIDS. The book explores the gay community's response to AIDS, examining the relationship between personal motives for volunteering and the broader political, social and religious contexts in which people with AIDS have been largely abandoned. The author is both a sociologist and a volunteer at the Gay Men's Health Crisis.

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Kayal is professor of sociology at Seton Hall University.
Published May 24, 1993 by Westview Press. 275 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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Kayal, professor of sociology at Seton Hall University (N.J.), volunteered from 1983 to 1986 at Gay Men's Health Crisis in New York City, and his experience in this pioneer mobilization against AIDS informs his disorganized but sometimes insightful book about volunteerism and cultural transformat...

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