Journals Higher Education



Published: 05 December 1996

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195096279

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A Crisis of Meaning

How Gay Men Are Making Sense of AIDS

Steven Schwartzberg

  • A tremendously moving volume with a strong first-person angle--this is not a government report or issue paper
  • December 1, 1996, is World AIDS Day
  • Topic is a vitally important one: the question of meaning is particularly salient for gay men living with HIV, against the backdrop of already having experienced multiple deaths of friends and lovers
  • Offers specific profiles for understanding how people have made sense of the catastrophe, and six recommendations for furthering a person's journey of meaning
  • Includes many detailed vignettes, some of individuals who are doing well and some who are not--this is not Pollyanna, and Schwartzberg is not advocating an aggressively perky or simplistic "take control of your life" stance
  • While Schwartzberg focuses on HIV, many of his thoughts relate to coping with any of a wide variety of deep adversity

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