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Homeless Youth of Pakistan

Survival Sex and HIV Risk

Authors: Noor, Muhammad Naveed

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  • Is the first detailed sociological investigation of youth homelessness in Pakistan
  • Explores sex work and intimate partnerships of homeless youth in a country where sex outside marriage is highly stigmatised
  • Demonstrates that mere knowledge about sexual health risks and safety may not help individuals to prevent HIV/STIs, as social structures like poverty, heteronormativity, and patriarchy neutralise this knowledge
  • Reveals the agential side of homeless youth and demonstrates how they improvise with limited resources to survive, instead of portraying them as victims of marginalisation
  • Uses social theory to propose more appropriate health promotion approaches to reduce young people’s risk of homelessness and HIV
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About this book

While homeless young people (HYP) are typically perceived as irresponsible and morally suspect individuals who lack essential social skills to navigate their lives, this book offers an alternative and more positive perspective. It demonstrates that HYP improvise with resources available on the streets to improve their social and financial status, although they experience significant social structural constraints. 

This ground-breaking text provides an analysis of social processes that contribute to young people’s homelessness, their engagement in sex work, their establishment of intimate partnerships, and sexual practices which may increase their risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The book demonstrates how the ongoing social and financial instability and insecurity neutralises HYP’s knowledge of HIV/STIs, and how financial considerations, fear of violence by clients, and social obligations in intimate partnerships contribute to their sexual risk-taking. The author argues that the conventional approach of promoting health through raising awareness regarding HIV/STI prevention may continue to bring less than promising outcomes unless we focus on how structural and contextual conditions operate in the backdrop and produce conditions less conducive for young people. 

Included in the coverage: 

  • factors that contribute to youth homelessness
  • factors that shape sexual practice  
  • a Bourdieusian analysis of youth homelessness and sexual risk-taking
  • a health promotion approach that can potentially reduce youth homelessness and their risk of HIV/STIs

Homeless Youth of Pakistan: Survival Sex and HIV Risk will attract undergraduate and postgraduate students, and researchers interested in exploring issues such as youth homelessness, sexual risk-taking, and HIV/STIs. 



About the authors

Muhammad Naveed Noor, MSc, MPhil, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and System Research at the Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. Dr. Noor is trained in anthropology and social medicine. He received a PhD in social research in health from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He has contributed to various programmatic studies into maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, and women’s dietary practices in the context of Pakistan. Dr. Noor is currently part of an international team that investigates conflict of interest in medical profession and practice and how this contributes to overprescribing of antibiotics in Pakistan.

 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Softcover $69.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Homeless Youth of Pakistan
Book Subtitle
Survival Sex and HIV Risk
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Public Health
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-79305-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-79305-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-79304-3
Series ISSN
2192-3698
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 103
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