AIDS, Communication, and Empowerment follows published research precedents set by a substantive body of scholars. My analysis is based primarily on the critical, historical analysis of discourse and sexuality offered by the French scholar Michel Foucault. I also draw on the work of:
• media and cultural critics such as Simon Watney (Policing Desire: Pornography, AIDS and the Media) who explore the ways homophobia fuels communication about AIDS;
• safe sex education and gay/lesbian scholars such as Cindy Patton (Sex and Germs: The Politics of AIDS and Inventing AIDS) who examine the way communication about AIDS institutionalizes marginalization of gays in the culture;
• recent and innovative work in the social science and humanities disciplines on communication by and about marginal groups, for example, R. Jeffrey Ringer (éd., Queer Words, Queer Images: Communication and the Construction of Homosexuality).