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  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • 3:30 PM–5:00 PM
  • Prince Conference Center Board Room

Dr. Sanyu Mojola, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology at University of Michigan, will be talking about her recent book, “Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS”

In her presentation, Sanyu Mojola will be talking about her recent book: Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS (University of California Press). The book engages the themes of gender, modernity, consumption and the transition to adulthood in a rich mixed methods study based in Kenya examining why HIV rates among young women are so much higher than those of young men. 

She explores the social processes that place young women on the brink of adulthood at great risk, while producing relative temporary safety for young men. Specifically, she examines both micro-level processes – how desires for money, gifts, modernity and consumption become inextricably linked with intimate relationships – as well as macro-level processes – how the community, school, labor markets, and the ecological environment play a role in the production of consuming women. She argues that the entanglement of love, money and young women’s transformation into “consuming women” lies at the heart of their disproportionate HIV rates. 

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