The onslaughts of health hazards in the form of STDs/HIV/AIDS have created new threats for all societies transgressing the boundaries of the East or the West. The spread of these complications, which are sexually communicable, depend upon the socio-economic environment, ecological patterns, cultural ethos, religious sanctions, sexual preferences, clinical or medical orientations, physical mobility, migration patterns, and other family, marriage, and kinship-related institutional structures. This book examines the socio-cultural and economic environment of India's southern Rajasthan region and the sexual life of tribal populations. It further looks at how 'change' generating agencies and mechanisms have exposed the tribal people to the menace of STDs, making their life extremely difficult, not only socio-culturally, but also politico-economically. The study will be of great relevance, not only to the sociologists and anthropologists, but also health practitioners, policy makers, social activists, and public administrators.
Publication Date: 12/31/2008