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Social Stigma and Sexual Epidemics: Dangerous Dynamics

Bronwen Lichtenstein
Social Stigma and Sexual Epidemics: Dangerous Dynamics
ISBN: 978-1-935049-47-0
2012/193 pages/LC: 2012007199
A FirstForumPress Book
"Well-researched and engaging.... Takes the reader on a journey across history and around the world to illuminate the sociological dynamics of sexual epidemics old and new."—Laura Carpenter, Vanderbilt University 


Bronwen Lichtenstein draws on cases around the world to illustrate how sexual epidemics continue to be shaped by powerful forces of race, gender, and the lingering consequences of history.

Illuminating the continuity of ideas and dynamics that affect both individual behavior and public health responses, Lichtenstein reveals a vicious interplay between the stigmas of social status and the prevalence of sexually transmitted infection (STI). She also shows how the consequences of that interplay spread beyond the stigmatized to affect all social groups. Her insights suggest alternative approaches for understanding, as well as slowing, the spread of STIs.


Bronwen Lichtenstein is associate professor of criminal justice at the University of Alabama. She received the 2010 award for career contributions to the sociology of HIV/AIDS from the Sociologists AIDS Network and the American Sociological Association.


  • Bowled Over by the Grim Reaper.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and Social Structures.
  • Colonizing Stigma.
  • Undercutting Prevention.
  • Blaming Victims.
  • Blurring Religion and Medical Care.
  • Theoretical Implications and Practical Actions.