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From health crisis to rights advocacy? HIV/AIDS and gay activism in China and Singapore

Chua, Lynette J. and Hildebrandt, Timothy ORCID: 0000-0003-2970-8638 (2014) From health crisis to rights advocacy? HIV/AIDS and gay activism in China and Singapore. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 25 (6). pp. 1583-1605. ISSN 0957-8765

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s11266-013-9429-7


The relationship between HIV/AIDS and gay activism has been primarily informed by the American experience and understudied in nondemocratic contexts. Drawing upon qualitative research on China and Singapore, we refine understanding of HIV/AIDS’ influence on the development of gay activism under authoritarian conditions, by examining the processes through which activist organizations interact with laws and regulations, political norms, HIV/AIDS funding, and government responses to both HIV/AIDS and collective organizing. We show how HIV/AIDS’ influence plays out in multiple patterns, depending on the strategic responses that gay activists select from a constrained range of options to shape their organizations’ destinies. Therefore, we provide insights for development agencies and international donors into whether and how international assistance intended to encourage activism and wider social change are mediated by political and legal controls on local activism.

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Additional Information: © 2013 International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2013 14:28
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:08
Projects: DGE-0549369 IGERT, SES-0962129, R-241-000-101-133
Funders: National Science Foundation, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Social Science Research Council

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