Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work and Public Health

Major

International Studies

First Advisor

Cheleen Mahar

Abstract

The crisis of HIV/AIDS is now classified as a world-wide pandemic, reaching all corners of the globe. The region most affected is sub-Saharan Africa where it is the leading cause of death. For the time being there is no cure for AIDS, and as a result education is incredibly important to reduce the spread of this disease. This research focuses on the politics of AIDS education through a case study of Ghana, West Africa while exploring the question of what political and/or cultural factors affect the implementation of an effective AIDS educational health policy. It looks at policy as a subjective entity created by political actors, organizations, and governments acting under very different motives. The central argument of my thesis is that power, in the form of symbolic or economic capital, ultimately influences health education policy.

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