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Shattered mirrors : our search for identity and community in the AIDS era
Price, Monroe E., 1938-
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Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1989.
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159 pages ; 24 cm
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Price (Yeshiva School of Law) examines the social effects of AIDS, how it has begun to change the relationship of citizen and government. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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Library Journal Review

AIDS is precipitating a fundamental re-examination of societal attitudes toward not only intimacy, but the way we think about ourselves, others, and government. This slim volume by the Dean of the School of Law at Yeshiva University raises well-reasoned questions on the broad ramifications of these changes. ``As AIDS in its second decade becomes more and more a matter of class and race,'' Price says, a careful balance must be maintained between the individual, the church, and the state in areas of media, education, medicine, sexuality, privacy, and discrimination. We should prepare, however, for the likelihood of greater governmental intervention to preserve individual rights. A provocative addition to the sociological literature dealing with the epidemic.-- James E. Van Buskirk, Acad . of Art Coll. Lib., San Francisco (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Price (dean, School of Law at Yeshiva University) discusses AIDS in relation to various social institutions. Government, medical, and religious institutions, for example, are shown to be affected by the AIDS epidemic and to be attempting to bring about change in human behavior in response to the disease. The media and the arts are also discussed. The author emphasizes the paradox of demands for personal freedom on the one hand with demands for assistance in the face of adversity. Rescuing mandates being placed on government and science are said to be stimulated and maintained by human compassion, but they are forcing society to reevaluate the government's role in personal lives. Although the work is documented, no reference is made to a recent related work, The Social Impact of AIDS in the United States ed. by Richard A. Beck (CH, May '89). An index promotes the use of the book as a reference, but the integrated format requires sequential study. Several complex sentences and circular ideas add to the complexity of an already complex issue. For upper-division and graduate students as well as professionals in the fields of health, law, and the social sciences. -V. L. Norman, University of North Dakota