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AIDS Between Science and Politics$
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Peter Piot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231166263

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231166263.001.0001

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A New Type of Transnational Civil Society Movement

A New Type of Transnational Civil Society Movement

(p.74) 4 A New Type of Transnational Civil Society Movement
AIDS Between Science and Politics

Peter Piot

, Laurence Garey
Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the role of civil society in the AIDS response. It explains the heterogeneity of civil society movements and AIDS activism, as well as the variability of their involvement in global or national responses. It cites examples of AIDS activism in countries such as France, the United States, Brazil, South Africa, and Thailand. The second part of the chapter deals with AIDS and globalization. It suggests that the AIDS movement may be the first example of a new type of transnational civil society movement without clear leaders or programs, driven by social justice and acting simultaneously globally and in a very agile way thanks to modern communication tools. Some examples of more formal global and regional networks are discussed, although much of the AIDS movement is not that formally organized, and certainly not hierarchical.

Keywords:   AIDS response, transnational civil society, social justice, AIDS movement, AIDS activism, globalization

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