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Stories about care: Women in a historically disadvantaged community infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS

Julian C. Müller, Sunette Pienaar
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 60, No 3 | a607 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v60i3.607 | © 2004 Julian C. Müller, Sunette Pienaar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 October 2004 | Published: 17 December 2004

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Julian C. Müller, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Sunette Pienaar, University of Pretoria, South Africa

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Abstract

Black women in previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa carry the burden of triple oppression: (a) the social engineering policies synonymous with apartheid have marginalised women economically and socially; (b) patriarchy, embedded in cultural and religious discourses, has rendered women voiceless and powerless and (c) HIV/AIDS targets the most vulnerable: women and children. The authors describe a research experience in Atteridgeville, a historically disadvantaged community in South Africa, with a family of women infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS, about their experiences of care and or the lack thereof. A narrative approach offers useful ideas to facilitate a process in which African women in historically challenged communities can speak out about their experiences of care and or the lack of care.

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