AIDS and Masculinity in the African City: Privilege, Inequality, and Modern Manhoodexamines how the long-standing AIDS epidemic has shaped gender and sexuality in Africa, especially African masculinities. Inspired by the rich tradition of urban ethnography in sociology, Robert’s book is based on a decade of ethnographic research in Bwaise, a slum in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.
Robert’s research involved working as an apprentice carpenter, volunteering at a community health clinic, and interning with a local NGO focused on preventing domestic violence. With fieldwork spanning 2004-2015, this book provides a rare window on to the changing lives of urban Africans in the age of AIDS.
AIDS and Masculinity in the African Cityreveals some challenges to, but the ultimate persistence of, men’s sexual privileges in the age of AIDS–a finding that provides an important corrective to the conventional portrayal of Uganda as Africa’s great AIDS success story.