Human insecurity in Twenty-First Century China: the vulnerability of women to HIV/AIDS

Hayes, Anna (2004) Human insecurity in Twenty-First Century China: the vulnerability of women to HIV/AIDS. In: 15th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia , 29 June - 2 July 2004, Canberra, Australia.

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This paper uses the formidable global source of human insecurity HIV/AIDS, to argue that gender perspectives should become an integral part of mainstream human security discourse. The proposition of the paper is that while discussions on human security have attempted to encompass threats to humanity as a whole, interpretations of such threats have primarily been male-oriented and have largely failed to recognise the exceptional threats faced by women. In recognising that women face unique threats to their security, it is necessary that these additional threats become incorporated into mainstream discussions of human security, rather than being relegated to a sub category or a footnote. The unique vulnerability to HIV/AIDS transmission of women in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), is examined in the context of this proposition, and evidence is offered to support the argument that a gendered analysis of human insecurity is certainly relevant and necessary in mainstream human security discourse.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2009 02:29
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2015 05:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: human security, women, HIV vulnerability, HIV/AIDS
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Women's Health

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