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Tacit Power: A Case of HIV-Positive Housewives in Indonesia

Tacit Power: A Case of HIV-Positive Housewives in Indonesia

Tacit power: a case of HIV-positive housewives in Indonesia
Johanna Debora Imelda Andi Nur Fa'izah


This chapter discusses how HIV-positive housewives use their tacit power to acquire social and economic benefits. The concept of tacit power is not widely used in social sciences. We use this term to refer to the unspoken power of women whose femininity and subordination are used strategically to show their self-agency. Interestingly, they obtain power from their subordinated social position as women and as People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). HIV prevalence in Asia-Pacific Region countries, including Indonesia, has been at a ‘concentrated’ stage among high-risk groups, such as intravenous drug users, ...

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