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Activism Against AIDS: At the Intersections of Sexuality, Race, Gender, and Class

Brett C. Stockdill
Activism Against AIDS: At the Intersections of Sexuality, Race, Gender, and Class
ISBN: 978-1-58826-111-3
ISBN: 978-1-62637-282-5
2002/211 pages/LC: 2002073969

"A rare find—a well organized, eminently readable book that is both theoretically rich and ethnographically grounded.... It is one of the few books to apply intersectionality theory empirically, thereby charting new directions for the study of multiple oppressions within U.S. society."—Marcia C. Inhorn, American Journal of Sociology

"Activism Against AIDS provides the reader with the best of several worlds. It is ... an excellent field study, a critical look at the shape of the AIDS epidemic, and a trenchant intersectional analysis of the social movements associated with AIDS in the United States."—Nancy E. Stoller, Contemporary Sociology


AIDS has claimed the lives of more than 400,000 people in the United States, becoming the focus of intense social activism. Brett Stockdill reveals that people living with HIV/AIDS are often multiply oppressed—women of color, for example—and explores how interlocking oppressions fragment activism and thus impede AIDS prevention and intervention. Demonstrating that a unified approach to issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality can most effectively combat the AIDS epidemic, he highlights the critical link between social analysis and public policy.


Brett Stockdill is associate professor of sociology at Northeastern Illinois University.


  • AIDS, Multiple Inequalities, and Activism.
  • Framing the AIDS Crisis: Inequalities and Divisions on the Movement and Community Levels.
  • Forging Unity: Grassroots AIDS Activism in Communities of Color.
  • ACTing UP for Prisoners with AIDS: AIDS Activism on Multiple Fronts.
  • Cops, Courts, and the FBI: Repression and AIDS Activism.
  • Conclusion: An Intersectional Approach to Social Movement Research and Activism.