Tom Boellstorff F'06

Tom  Boellstorff
Professor
Anthropology
University of California, Irvine

ACLS Fellowship Program 2006
Assistant Professor
Anthropology
University of California, Irvine
Cultures of Prevention: HIV/AIDS, Islam, and Warias (male transvestites) in Indonesia

This research proposes to examine how Muslim warias (male-to-female transgenders) in Indonesia are responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The focus is on emerging “cultures of prevention” in relation to discourses of the nation, religion, gender, risk, and social belonging. As the fourth most populous nation and home to more Muslims than any other, Indonesia can provide important insights into how the still-worsening HIV/AIDS global epidemic is understood and addressed in specific cultural contexts.