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Pepper, S.
Subscribing to Governmental Rationality: HBO and the AIDS Epidemic
(2014) Communication and Critical/ Cultural Studies, Published online Feb 2014

Between 1987 and 2013, HBO produced or distributed over twenty HIV/AIDS programs. These films trace a cultural shift from an early focus on AIDS as a public health issue to be dealt with through individual “safe-sex” practices and ethical citizenship to a later focus on AIDS as a global pandemic where the explicit strategy becomes a reliance on non-state actors to combat AIDS. This article argues that HBO’s HIV/AIDS films are embedded within a cultural approach to AIDS that relies on governmental logics and neoliberal solutions – not direct action, but directing action. © 2014 © 2014 National Communication Association.

Author Keywords
Foucault; Governmentality; HBO; HIV/AIDS; Television

DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2014.882516

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