Journals Higher Education



Published: 10 April 1997

282 Pages


ISBN: 9780195096279

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A Crisis of Meaning

How Gay Men Are Making Sense of AIDS

Steven Schwartzberg

  • A poignant and uncompromising look at how gay men rebuild a world of meaning amid the uncertainly of the AIDS crisis
  • Based on the author's experiences as a gay man and practicing psychotherapist and on in-depth interviews with 19 men living with AIDS
  • Interweaves the men's candid and moving stories with observations from the author's research and clinical practice
  • Both a keen psychological guide to living with AIDS and an elegaic chronicle of what life for many has become
  • Selling point: A tremendously moving volume with a strong first-person angle—this is not a government report or issue paper
  • Selling point: 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
  • Selling point: Offers specific profiles for understanding how people have made sense of the catastrophe, and six recommendations for furthering a person's journey of meaning
  • Selling point: 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
  • Selling point: 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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