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Katrina Haslip, AIDS Activist   Photo Credit to Woman At The Reel

REMAKING A LIFE

In the face of life-threatening news, how do we reevaluate and transform our lives?  Celeste Watkins-Hayes spent more than a decade documenting the experiences of over 100 women living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago and beyond.

Remaking a Life uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a lens to understand how women achieve radical improvements in their social wellbeing in the face of social stigma and economic disadvantage.

 

Drawing on interviews with nationally recognized AIDS activists and policy experts as well as women living with HIV/AIDS, Watkins-Hayes takes readers on an uplifting journey chronicling women’s movements from “dying from” to “thriving despite” HIV/AIDS as they fight for their physical, emotional, economic, and political survival.

 

With an eye towards improving the lives of women, Remaking a Life provides strategies to encourage private, nonprofit, and government agencies to successfully collaborate, and shares policy ideas with the hope of alleviating the injuries of inequality faced by those living with HIV/AIDS every day.

 

Remaking a Life speaks to the profound success of the HIV/AIDS community over the past 40 years, and how it can serve as a roadmap for how we can combat today’s public health crises.  

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ABOUT THE COVER

The cover image for this book is a stunning work by artist Sally Deng entitled Another Struggle.

We see a black woman in movement—toward what/who/where, we can only speculate. She is traveling through a sea of people, mostly white men, as she swims her limbs through the masses to get to her destination. She could be an activist on her way to a demonstration, a congressional staffer shepherding an important piece of legislation through a complicated process, an advocate heading to a strategy meeting, or a woman living with HIV/AIDS traversing everyday life. The image, neither patronizing nor pitiful, symbolizes how black women are at once invisible and central in the AIDS epidemic and the global response.

ACCOLADES

WINNER

Distinguished Book Award

Section on Race, Gender, & Class

American Sociological Association, 2020

CO-WINNER

The Mirra Komarovsky Book Award

Eastern Sociological Society, 2021

CO-WINNER

Distinguished Book Award

Section on Sex and Gender

American Sociological Association, 2020 

WINNER

Betty and Alfred McClung Lee Book Award

Association for Humanist Sociology, 2020

HONORABLE MENTION

Ida B. Wells Book Award

Association of Black Sociologists, 2020

HONORABLE MENTION

Outstanding Publication Award

Section on Aging & the Life Course

American Sociological Association, 2020

GOLD MEDAL

Women’s Issues, 2020

Independent Publisher Book Awards, 2020

WINNER

Alison Piepmeier Book Prize

National Women's Studies Association, 2020

WINNER

Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award

Section on Medical Sociology

American Sociological Association, 2020

HONORABLE MENTION

Sara A. Whaley Book Prize Winner

National Women's Studies Association

FINALIST

PROSE Book Award

Association of American Publishers, 2020

#1 NEW RELEASE

in the areas of AIDS, Gender Studies and

Health Care Delivery on Amazon.com, 2019

SPECIAL SELECTION

Received a Book Salon at the American

Sociological Association Meetings, 2021

Reviewed in: Gender and Society, United States Studies Online, Choice Magazine,

Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

PRAISE FOR REMAKING A LIFE

“Urges leaders to deliver bold policy solutions to address the complicated intersection of healthcare, social support, economic assistance, and civic engagement. Offers a solutions-driven model that untangles how the public sector can help individuals and communities in crisis, and carves a path forward to progress.” 

 

— Stacey Abrams, Founder and Chair of Fair Fight Action, Former Georgia House Minority Leader