The Political Economy of AIDS Among Drug Users in the United States: Beyond Blaming the Victim or Powerful Others

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In AIDS research, political economy commonly refers to the holistic description of the contexts in which HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is transmitted as well as to a political strategy for redirecting blame from victims to powerful others. This article suggests that a more fully developed political-economic theory should undertake a Marxism-inspired reexamination of the principles of social reproduction through which human relationships are created in capitalist cosmology.