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Die voorstelling van VIGS-verwante stigma in ’n versameling gedigte deur Afrikaanssprekende hoërskoolleerders

A. Carstens
Koers - Bulletin for Christian Scholarship/Bulletin vir Christelike Wetenskap | Vol 69, No 3 | a311 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/koers.v69i3.311 | © 2004 A. Carstens | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 July 2004 | Published: 31 July 2004

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A. Carstens, Eenheid vir die Ontwikkeling van Taalvaardigheid, Universiteit van Pretoria, South Africa

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The representation of AIDS-related stigma in a collection of poems by Afrikaans-speaking teenagers

This article reports on a discourse analysis of twenty-two poems written by a group of white South African teenagers, with special reference to the construal of people living with HIV/AIDS and the role that stigmatisation plays. The vantage point is that of Christian ethics, while psycho-social models of stigma, and the archetypes of people living with HIV/AIDS (as portrayed by the media) serve as the descriptive framework. The most salient stigma-enhancing factor was found to be the perception that self-stigmatisation is an undeniable reaction to the disease. Although coming to terms with one’s HIV status by finding a deeper meaning in the disease can be regarded as a stigma-reducing response, it may be harmful if personal responsibility for one’s physical and mental well-being is not acknowledged and exercised. The article concludes with a number of recommendations regarding destigmatising intervention messages based on ethical principles.


Aids Narratives; Christian Ethics; HIV; AIDS; Self-Stigmatisation; Stigma And Destigmatisation


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