303 pp., illus. ,paperback, First S.A.Edition, Pietermaritzburg, 2010
Mark Hunter lived in Mandeni, an informal settlement in KwaZulu-Natal and by studing love letters, cell phone text messages, oral histories and archival materials, he examines the everyday social inequalities and the ideas about femininity, masculinity, love and sex, that have created the "economies of exchange" that perpetuate the transmission of HIV/AIDS.
"Beautifully, powerfully, and movingly written. The best analysis I have seen not only for the reasons for the HIV/AIDS pandemic in southern Africa, but of its wider socioeconomic, cultural, and political dynamics." Shula Marks, School for African and Oriental Studies, University of London
Mark Hunter is Assistant Professor in Social Sciences/Geography at the University of Toronto Scarborough and Research Associate in the School of Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal.