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NCJ Number: 126522 Find in a Library
Title: AIDS Disaster: Failure of Organizations in New York and the Nation
Author(s): C Perrow; M F Guillen
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 206
Sponsoring Agency: Yale University Press
New Haven, CT 06520
Publication Number: ISBN 0-300-04880-7
Sale Source: Yale University Press
92a Yale Station
New Haven, CT 06520
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview; Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines factors in the failure of both public and private organizations to respond adequately to the AIDS disaster, with a focus on the response in New York City.
Abstract: In responding to the AIDS disaster, the Federal Government failed to fund education, research, and care; the gay male community failed to warn, educate, and change behavior quickly; State and local governments failed to respond quickly; and the blood industry failed to ensure the safety of its product. One explanation for these weak organizational responses to AIDS is that organizations typically fail to respond immediately and effectively to crises due to the inherent inefficiency of bureaucratic systems. Another explanation is the inability or unwillingness of organizations to produce the heavy funding required for an adequate response. Permeating and compounding these two factors has been the influence of a vigorous "moral majority" lobby that has insisted on giving low priority to addressing a disease prevalent among stigmatized groups, i.e., male homosexuals and intravenous drug users and their sexual partners (the latter group tends to be composed of poor urban minorities, another group having low priority for public funding). What is needed is an all-out war on AIDS that addresses sexual discrimination, moral absolutism, and poverty. Subject index and 176-item bibliography
Main Term(s): AIDS/HIV prevention
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward AIDS; New York; Organization studies
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