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Aids and Neoliberalism - A new moral Panic


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC309Y1
Professor
Robb Travers

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Soc309
Lecture 5
May 31, 2011
AIDS and Neoliberalism : A New Moral Panic
Film last class
-Identification of risks group earlier on it basically said this was someone elses disease
oNot everyone was at risk
oSense of individual responsibility was heightened because the people most effected was people
that the general public did not care about
-There are some cases in the 1950s in asia which now tested HIV positive
oHowever it did not trigger an immune response as it does now
Virus evolved over time
-The pope (john paul the second) said no condoms which caused unnecessary death
Health- Is a very political thing
Neoliberalism
-Individual behaviours account for health of the general population
oWhich is far from the case
-Health is a complicated matter
oIs not as simple as what we do or eat
oIt has alot to do with the social context
-Movement of how we rethink the responsibilities of health
oWe think its an individual thing
oAssumption of those things is not ALL health is dependant on
Moralistic message
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-Fuses with health promotion message
-Key things go hand in hand ( neoliberalism and Individualism)
Neoliberalism refers to a hisotorically specific re-emergence of economic liberalism influence among economic
scholars and policy makers from the 1970s
-A political movement that helped reshape how we rethink society
-Our generation is the first society to be entrenched with
-Characterized by 6 key things
oMarket dominance
Idea that market controls everything
oSmall government – (non-interventionist)
Government shouldnt be interventionist
Like taxes too high
Government too big
oTax reform
Tax cuts / tax breaks government says
Government took 2 cents off cut billions off federal budgets
oTrade liberalism
Great neoliberalism –(regan, margarat, malroony)
oDeregulation of industry
oHealth /social program cuts
For every cut or break general population gets someone out there suffers since services
decreases
Now a days people think “if im okay then everything is fine
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Canada was known as a take care of each other society with the thought that we
knew everyone didnt make the same amount
-Social Politics and programs
oThat societies are composed of autonomous individuals
oIncreased emphasis on encouraging labour market participant
oFull list on lec slides
oCanada spend less resources on health care than the Americans
When Americans still pay by themselves
oUnited states is the only developed country in the world that does not have universal medicare
or social medicare
oAmericans think of helath care as a product (something that they can purchase and consume)
in Canada it is a service (Americans view is a product of neoliberalism)
-Individualism
oIs the moral stance, political philosophy or social outlook that stresses independence, self
reliance and individual liberty. Individualists promote the exercise of ones goals and desires,
while opposing most external interference with ones choices, whether by society , the state , or
any other group or institution
oDriven neoliberalism
oWe are really responsible for ourselves in a society
oSociety is no longer the field of operation for the state
-Neoliberalism effects health
oBefore there were greater funding for health care which cut down wait lines for emergency
rooms
oBack in the past 1000s of nurses were layed off which put hospital at its breaking pont
Hwy 407 was sold for a low amount to get back the nurses
-Non- liberal rhetoric: - when people dothings they believe they are helping themselves and...
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