Identity, Community, and Alternative Video
Camcorder AIDS activism is a prime example of a new form of political expression—an outburst of committed, low-budget, community-produced, political video work made possible by new accessible technologies. As Alexandra Juhasz looks at this phenomenon—why and how video has become the medium for so much AIDS activism—she also tries to make sense of the bigger picture: How is this work different from mainstream television? How does it alter what we think of the media’s form and function? The result is an eloquent and vital assessment of the role media activism plays in the development of community identity and self-empowerment.
“The most powerful section of the text is an auto- ethnographic account of the Women’s AIDS Video Project (WAVE). Through beautifully honest self-reflection and analysis of the group’s dynamics and products, Juhasz illustrates the value of community-focused education initiatives and presents powerful evidence for the need to change the one-size-fits-all approach of public HIV/AIDS education policy… [AIDS TV] ought to be required reading for all students of the politics of sexuality, reproductive freedom, and community-based education.”
~ Harry C. Denny, Signs
ISBN 0-8223-1695-1 | Paperback – $22.95
ISBN 0-8223-1683-8 | Cloth – $79.95
22 black and white illustrations
Published in 1995, by Duke Univeristy Press