Informationen zum Autor Dr Fraser G. McNeill is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Pretoria! South Africa. He was awarded a Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics in 2007 and received the Audrey Richards Prize from the African Studies Association in 2008 for his thesis. He is a co-author of the 2009 AIDS Review for the Centre for the Study of AIDS at the University of Pretoria and has published articles in African Affairs and South African Music Studies! as well as chapters in several edited volumes. Klappentext An original anthropological approach to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa, arguing that music is central to understanding AIDS interventions. Zusammenfassung This book offers an original anthropological approach to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa! demonstrating why AIDS interventions in the former homeland of Venda have failed. Through the songs of female initiation! AIDS education and wandering minstrels! the book argues that music is central to understanding how AIDS interventions operate. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1. Introduction: AIDS! politics and music; 2. The battle for Venda kingship; 3. A rite to AIDS education? Venda girls' initiation and HIV prevention; 4. 'We want a job in the government': motivation and mobility in AIDS peer education; 5. 'We sing about what we cannot talk about': biomedical AIDS knowledge in stanza; 6. Guitar songs and 'sexy women': a folk cosmology of AIDS; 7. 'Condoms cause AIDS': poison! prevention! and degrees of separation; 8. Conclusion.