‘Why Must We Stay in This Cage?’ Governing Sexuality in Biomedical Research

Authored by: Stephen Taylor

The Routledge Research Companion to Geographies of Sex and Sexualities

Print publication date:  May  2016
Online publication date:  May  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472455482
eBook ISBN: 9781315613000
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043331


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While an abundance of research has examined sexuality and HIV/AIDS within a discursive or representational frame (Treichler, 1987; Patton, 1990), there has been very little focus on the materiality of life with HIV/AIDS for non-heteronormative subjects (Tucker, 2009a). By materiality, I refer here to those issues of political economy ‘that surround, limit and give opportunity to different [non-heteronormative] communities’ (Tucker, 2009a, p. 13), including discrimination, spatial segregation and inequalities in access to education and health services (Ross, 2005). In many parts of Africa, for instance, the health needs of non-heteronormative patients remain largely silenced and misrepresented (Johnson, 2007). In many parts of the world, particularly those experiencing concentrated epidemics, gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) endure widespread stigma, discrimination and constrained access to primary HIV care (Fay et al., 2011; Beyrer et al., 2012).

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