My Research so Far
This post is one of many that describes the use of a quilt panel from the Names project to gain a deeper analytical understanding of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The first thing I did to research and better understand the panel was through the use of primary source descriptions of the front and back of the panel. The second part of my research into this panel involved the use of my first and second annotated bibliographies. All of these activities have led to this one, our final analysis. This analysis is used to discover a deeper connection between the HIV/AIDS epidemic and a subculture embodied in it. These connections found in the sources will bond together to form a bigger picture and therefore a better understanding of the HIV epidemic, and the subculture it embodies.
About the quilt
The Names Project has multiple quilts and each quilt is sewn together on what is called a block. Each block has eight panels and each panel is a quilt someone made to memorialize someone else. The size of the panel is 6×3 feet, which is the average size for a panel on an AIDS quilt. You can find it on the upper left corner of the block that it’s located on, it makes up the edge of the quilt. My quilt block has the usual eight panels, but what is unusual is that my panel has a front and back. My chosen panel is on block number 5959. According to the the NAMES project website, there are 5,956 blocks. My quilt is a new edition to the NAMES project, and was just recently finished.
Culture embodied within
Did you know that the french Fleur du Lis is a symbol of french heritage? or that Thistle is a symbol of Scottish heritage? The person who made this quilt for their family member placed a significant value on family and heritage. The quilt is about an unknown person who only goes by the nickname Renard, which means fox in french, another tie into Renard’s french lineage. An interesting aspect of this quilt is that although Renard’s actual name isn’t mentioned he appears multiple times in photos on the back. Including a picture labeling him as someone’s brother. Don’t you find it fascinating that his familial relationship to the family member that made the quilt was more important to mention than the persons actual name? To me, this once again signifies the importance of familial bonds and identity over anything else mentioned in the quilt. Another rather obvious sign of family identity is what appears to be a family crest in the middle of the panel. Even the panel itself appears to be a family crest flag.
Family Identity and the HIV/AIDS epidemic
The most substantial culture embodied in this quilt is family identity. The quilt’s maker obviously found it a rather important part of Renard’s life, considering how many items on the panel represent his lineage. This connection between family and HIV/AIDS made me wonder how one affects the other. Through my research I found that a person’s family identity, in the form of traditions and belief, have a major impact on how they respond to HIV/AIDS. This response in the scope of family identity and tradition can actually lead to unforeseen consequences, both positive and negative.
Globalization of HIV/AIDS
Family identity is often associated with shared values, morals, and traditions. Many of these values, morals, and traditions come from religion. In this paper I delve into the “socio-religious philosophies” of Africa, African beliefs, and their impact on HIV/AIDS in Africa. I then discuss how belief impacts the more western “socio-religious philosophies” such as Catholicism and Judaism. Overall discovering what impact the HIV/AIDS epidemic has had on those with different beliefs around the world, via compare and contrast. This research also links the high concentration of HIV/AIDS in Africa and its relation to family identity in the form of a unique socio-religous identity, as opposed to more ubiquitous religions in a country with a much lower concentration of HIV/AIDS. To me these western and African “socio-religious philosophies” represent strong family identity through the practice of many traditions.
Organization of the paper
This paper will start with this page and will link from one page to the next,with the link at the end of the final paragraph, and a link to the previous page at the top. My first page is the introduction, my subsequent pages will cover HIV/AIDS and its relation to traditions and beliefs in the U.S, HIV/AIDS and its affect on different parts of Africa, and its affect on Africa as a whole.
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