Original Articles

Researching HIV/AIDS, Education & Childhood in the African Context

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 18, issue 3, 2008 , pages: 499–502
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2008.10820228
Author(s): Carol AubreyUniversity of Warwick, UK


This article offers a reflective review of 12 articles and 4 brief reports included in this special issue of the International Journal of Psychology in Africa with the theme, ‘HIV/AIDS, education and childhood in the African context’. Muthukrishna and Ramsuran (2007) have emphasised that the consequences of HIV/AIDS can be far-reaching for children and young people resulting in unequal life chances. It is thus fitting that this special issue should be edited by them in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in the country (and province) with the highest levels of incidence of HIV/AIDS in Africa. In this article I offer a commentary on how the interpretive lenses of the authors who are located in various disciplines provide a theorised understanding of what shapes knowledge constructions in situated African contexts.

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