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Lessons from the Damned Queers, Whores, and Junkies Respond to AIDS by Nancy E. Stoller

Lessons from the Damned Queers, Whores, and Junkies Respond to AIDS


Lessons from the Damned Queers, Whores, and Junkies Respond to AIDS by Nancy E. Stoller

First published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


[The book] illustrate[s] convincingly, sometimes brilliantly, how rarely-heard voices of the AIDS experience hold extraordinary lessons and leadership that can aid our continued struggle in the complicated and evolving milieu of the AIDS epidemic. - Lambda Book Report This book records a special aspect of the history of the AIDS epidemic: the way that poor people, people of color, gay and lesbians, drug users, and woemn have built a social movement to oppose AIDS
devastating impact. It speaks specifically how racism, sexism, and class have limited and energized the work of community organizations. Her findings are not meant to criticize the organizations, but rather to be open

-minded in how they operated, worked with their members, and completed for funds ever dwindling government allocations AIDS BOOK REVIEW JOURNAL. Stoller is fair and even-handed...Her analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of different political and organizational models isparticularly useful.... -Bonnie B. Spanier, SUNY Albany Signs, Spring 2003 Nancy Stoller ponders the implications raised by the formation of hundreds of marginal organizations hatched by the onslaught on AIDS. She has taken the diverse and often damned outcasts and shown how they have affected not only the epidemic, but gay culture itself. - Genre

Lessons from the Damned is a must-read for every employee, volunteer, and client of every AIDS organization in the country. It is a powerful, frightening wake-up call to AIDS service providers, warning that an increase in bureaucracy and official
financial assistance can easily lead to a decrease in community effectiveness

. - A & U magazine

About the Author

Nancy E. Stoller is Professor of Community Studies and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz. She is the co-editor of Women Resisting AIDs: Feminist Strategies of Empowerment.

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Publication date

1st January 1998


Nancy E. Stoller

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


192 pages


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