Situating transactional sex: Comparisons, history and theory - Sanyu Mojola

Transactional sex is increasingly being recognized as a key social dynamic underlying young African women’s high HIV rates. 

This presentation explores the comparative, historical and theoretical dimensions of transactional sex, to add complexity and depth to current understandings of the practice.

Sanyu A Mojola (PhD University of Chicago, 2008) is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research examines social structural processes underlying health disparities in a variety of settings including Kenya, South Africa, and Washington DC. Her current work uses mixed methods to examine gender disparities in HIV rates among African youth, the HIV epidemic among older adults in rural South Africa, and the HIV epidemic among African Americans in Washington DC.

Sanyu Mojola’s book: Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS will be released in May 2014.


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Adolescents and transactional sex - Joyce Wamoyi

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Providing women, kept men: Doing masculinity in the wake of the African HIV/AIDS Pandemic (Not open access)


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