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Title:Black women, HIV/AIDS, and the media: communicating an epidemic in the hip hop era
Author(s):Randolph, Carolyn A
Director of Research:Treichler, Paula
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Treichler, Paula
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Molina-Guzmán, Isabel; Durham, Aisha; Brown, Ruth Nicole
Department / Program:Inst of Communications Rsch
Discipline:Communications
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):HIV/AIDS
Black women
Media
Popular culture
Abstract:This study examines the mediated representation of HIV/AIDS and blackness. Using black feminist thought, and its organizing principles— intersectionality and the matrix of domination—this analysis investigates how race, gender, class, and disease work in concert to inform media texts by and about black women living with the virus. Furthermore, this examination employs a textual analysis of the AIDS storyline on the black situation comedy Girlfriends, the AIDS character Ana Wallace in the HBO film Life Support, and the self-representation of Rae Lewis-Thornton on her personal health blog "Diva living with AIDS." Each text generates alternative representations of HIV-positive black women that contest familiar stereotypes and clichés. Overall, this study helps scholars better understand the various meanings and definitions surrounding black women in the contemporary AIDS epidemic.
Issue Date:2016-07-15
Type:Thesis
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/95629
Rights Information:This copy of the thesis has been supplied on condition that anyone who consults it is understood to recognize that its copyright rests with its author and that no quotation from the thesis and no information derived from it may be published without the author's prior consent. Carolyn A. Randolph-Kato, 2016.
Date Available in IDEALS:2017-03-01
Date Deposited:2016-12


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