Category Index

Theorising – Problematising Categories: Understanding the Covid-19 Pandemic through the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty (RN22)

2020, issue 45, Patrick Brown and Maria Grazia Galantino: The sociology of risk and uncertainty is a young sub-discipline, but one which has a fairly established canon. Following influential works by Lupton, Wilkinson and Zinn, it has become commonplace to refer to three key core traditions of theorising risk and uncertainty – reflexive-modernisation, governmentality, and cultural approaches.

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Sociological Experiencing and Reflecting – Contemplative Diary

2020, issue 45, Krzysztof Konecki: 13/03/2020, Kathmandu - Before coming back to Poland. There is a panic about Coronavirus in the country. I'm afraid to go back; I'm scared of infection, I'm worried about panic and disorganisation. Everything works here. I don't know how it is there. There are no cases in Nepal. Diet (spicy food) and the resistance of Nepalese to the flu... I don't really believe it. No tests, they know very little about the Coronavirus in their own country.

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Masking – “I Wear My Mask for You” - A Note on Face Masks

2020, issue 45, Annerose Böhrer: The Corona pandemic has not only affected global and local health politics and worldwide economic networks, but also everyday living and social interaction on all levels. A perception of the human body as both threatening and threatened becomes more and more visible in socio-material associations.

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Sociological Experiencing and Reflecting – Letter to a Godchild

2020, issue 45, Clemence Fourton: Dear godchild, As we wade our way through the second week of Covid-19 induced lock-down, I’m trying to tell you what now is like. This is no letter for a child to read, but possibly twenty years from now you will want to know in what circumstances your parents made you.

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Being Cosmopolitan and Anti-Cosmopolitan – The Complex Risks of Covid-19: The Demand to Move from the ‘Society of Normalisation’ to Global Medical Surveillance

2020, issue 45, Sergey A. Kravchenko: Due to formal pragmatism, rational knowledge and disciplinary technology, the ‘society of normalisation’ arose that is based on liberal biopolitics. It might seem to be a kind of a ‘rational surveillance tool’ for health care. However, this type of surveillance is limited by nation-state sovereignty and the dominant ‘true’ knowledge about the nature of diseases and the reasons that cause them.

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Being Cosmopolitan and Anti-Cosmopolitan – The Covid-19 Pandemic as a Cosmopolitan Moment

2020, issue 45, Peter Holley: After its initial outbreak in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, People's Republic of China, by April 2nd, 2020 the 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) had spread to over 200 countries and territories across the globe. In fact, by this date there were 928,437 confirmed Covid-19 cases worldwide and 46,891 deaths, although with variations in testing practices in different countries we cannot assume that such figures capture the full extent of this pandemic.

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NA Reports – (Public) Sociology in Times of Crisis - The German Experience

2020, issue 45, Birgit Blättel-Mink on behalf of the DGS board: In the course of March 2020, the German Sociological Association (DGS) began to document the substantial sociological presence in the media, gathering and presenting through its homepage the many shades of sociological contributions on the Corona crisis. The majority of pieces are invited op-eds and interviews in off- and online media, meaning that the media obviously believe that sociology has important things to say about the contemporary crisis.

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Political Economy and Politics – Pandemic Diplomacy: Peace in our Time? (RN08)

2020, issue 45, Ilan Kelman: As Covid-19 disrupts day-to-day life around the world, could it also disrupt decade-to-decade political animosity? Might long-standing conflicts be set aside, and then continue on peaceful pathways, in order to deal with the Coronavirus disaster? This is the question asked by research into disaster diplomacy, examining how and why dealing with disasters (before, during, and after) does and does not create new, lasting diplomatic initiatives.

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Making and Re-Making Public Spaces: The Co(Vid)-Creation of Music Festivals

2020, issue 45, Signe Banke and Ian Woodward: We are researchers from an interdisciplinary team funded to study music festivals as spaces of social mixing, exchange, and encounter in multiple European settings. We prepared to collect field data in early summer 2020. Because our project was designed to address questions of sociality in (physical) public spaces, the spread of Covid-19 calls into question not only our methods and approach, it challenges us to reflect upon the project we promised to complete.

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Working – Fashion in the Time of Corona: What Can the Sociology of Fashion Reveal?

2020, issue 45, Anna-Mari Almila: Covid-19 and fashion seem to go hand in hand – or rather, glove-in-glove – in these precarious times. The Covid-19 global situation has many sartorial fashion elements, some more obvious and reported, others more hidden and under-reported. These elements encompass both macro- and micro-levels of social life, haute couture and mass market clothing, production and consumption, raw materials and distribution networks, rich and poor people, short-term and long-term trends and consequences, and winners and losers.

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