Social movements have been identified as powerful forces for inclusive social change in local, national and international responses to HIV and AIDS. They have generated spaces where people can come together for mutual support.
Current thinking on HIV communication and social change focuses on promoting interpersonal dialogue and debate. We want to look beyond debate and explore how the processes of communication motivate people to act.
This paper explores the theoretical foundations for a Panos project by weaving together recent research about social movements, public debate and communication.