Mobility, violence and the gendering of HIV in Papua New Guinea

Katherine Lepani*

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    The links between gender, sexuality and violence hold serious implications for HIV transmission and its social and economic effects. In Papua New Guinea, enduring and pervasive patterns of male sexual behaviour involving coercion, violence and gang rape are highly conducive to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections and have a critical bearing on women's sexual autonomy and health. The realities of violence are intensified by the widespread view that women are responsible for the spread of the virus. This paper engages the theme of mobility to consider the fluid and dynamic character of gender relations and sexuality in contemporary Papua New Guinea, and to gain perspective on constructions of modern masculinity and the discursive representations of gender violence in the context of the escalating HIV epidemic.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)150-164
    Number of pages15
    JournalThe Australian Journal of Anthropology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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