Despite hostile reactions around its creation in 1989, Act Up Paris has become one of the most noteworthy antiestablishment movements in France... Read More
In 1989, three journalists created Act Up Paris, based on the model of the American movement founded in New York in 1987. Despite hostile backlash and plenty of skeptical reactions judging the movement's importance inopportune in a French context, Act Up increasingly became a central actor, as much in the social movement for the fight against AIDS as for the gay rights movement. It would emerge as one of France's the most noteworthy antiestablishment movements of the 1990's.
This work recounts and analyzes the conditions for, and the consequences of, Act Up’s success. Above all, it allows a better understanding of the homosexual community and its reactions to the AIDS epidemic, whether via individual strategies or through the lens of the collective efforts and associations taking charge of this issue.
KEYWORDS : AIDS - SOCIAL MOVEMNETS - MOBILIZATION - ACTIVISM - IDENTITY POLITICS - PUBLIC HEALTH