Broadcasting the Pandemic pioneers a new methodology in scholarship about South Africa using a television programme to explore the history of AIDS activism and policy. It provides a contemporary history of television in South Africa, and of its role in the most influential social movement to have emerged from the democratic transition: the HIV activist movement. Its content will interest readers from a wide array of disciplines, including African Studies, journalism, public health, sociology, cultural studies and the history of medicine.
- HIV in South Africa: A brief history
- Politics and pandemic on South African television
- 'We are the loud-mouthed HIV-positive people': Stigma, disclosure and 'positive living' on Beat It!
- The revolution will be televised: HIV and the 'new struggle' on Beat It!
- Antiretrovirals on the airwaves: Using television to promote access to HIV treatment
- Confronting myths: Beat It!, biomedicine and traditional healing
- AIDS denialism, unregulated experiments and curative claims
- Broadcasting dissent: Beat It!'s programming on the SABC
- 'Beat It! has become my life partner': Participatory programming and HIV-positive patriotism
Appendix B List of Beat It! clips
Glossary of foreign words and South African colloquialisms