Category Index

Theorising – Praise of Biopolitics? The Covid-19 Pandemic and the Will for Self-Preservation
2020, issue 45, Jörn Ahrens: When the Covid-19 pandemic started spreading in Germany, when people started to stay at home and to communicate in public at a distance of 1 to 2 metres from each other, when the government began to enforce formal restrictions on public behavior that came with massive limitations of civil rights, I was reminded of two things.
Political Economy and Politics – Covid-19, Critical Political Economy, and the End of Neoliberalism? (RN06)
2020, issue 45, Bernd Bonfert et al.: Covid-19 threatens to bring an end to neoliberalism. Back in October 2019, when we drafted the call for papers for the ESA’s Critical Political Economy Research Network (CPERN) mid-term workshop – What’s Next? Critical Political Economy at the End of Neoliberalism? – we could not have known how close to the end of neoliberalism we would now seemingly find ourselves.
Health, Illness and Medicine – The Double Exclusion of Older Adults During the Covid-19 Pandemic
2020, issue 45, Alexander Seifert: During the current worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, older adults are particularly excluded from in-person society. To begin with, adults aged 70 years and older belong to the vulnerable group and often experience critical courses of Covid-19 due to multimorbidity and pre-existing health conditions.
Health, Illness and Medicine – Ethical Principles versus Algorithms and AI Medical Biases in Pandemics
2020, issue 45, Ana María López Narbona: Since the beginning of the pandemic, I was interested in knowing what would happen in the case of scarce medical resources. This is not something new as, every day, medical authorities need to decide who, among the many people waiting for an organ transplant, is the best receiver of an organ.
Health, Illness and Medicine – Coronavirus News: What Do All Those Numbers Mean? (RN21)
2020, issue 45, Kathrin Komp-Leukkunen: The newspapers are full of articles on the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us start our days by reading these articles to see how the pandemic developed while we were sleeping. However, the wealth of information can be overwhelming. We learn the numbers of new infections, recoveries, and deaths from across the world.
Health, Illness and Medicine – From AIDS to Coronavirus: Who has the Right to Care?
2020, issue 45, Jaime García-Iglesias and Maurice Nagington: Since the advent of Covid-19, or coronavirus, we live – once again – in times of contagion, of updating death tolls, daily headlines, of governments spurred into action to fight an ‘all-out war’ on the Covid-19 virus, as the New York Times put it. As gay men, in times like these, we cannot avoid remembering the AIDS crisis that swept the world in the late 1980s and 1990s.
Masking – The Sick and the Masks
2020, issue 45, Cornelia Mayr: Social reality is a performed event. As individuals we are concerned with matters of self-presentation, social role expectations, and impression management, and these expectations endure largely over time. The Covid-19 pandemic has given rise to a reality with new social rules and norms.
Masking – Corona-Masquerade, or: Unmasking the New Sociology of Masks
2020, issue 45, David Inglis: Corona-Masquerade: It sounds like the name of a comic opera. But large parts of the population of the world have very recently donned, or are being compelled to wear, face masks, in response to the rapid spread of Covid-19. Masks have fast become ever more subject to various kinds of politicised dispute and controversy.
Living – Home Confinement and Deterioration of Social Space: Quasi-Ethnographic Notes from Córdoba
2020, issue 45, Jorge Ruiz Ruiz: Home confinement prescribed as a prophylactic measure against coronavirus exposes us to an extreme social experience. Staying isolated at home, or being exposed to an intense and continuous family coexistence, are situations that involve inconvenience and sacrifice.
Living – Irony: One of the Italian Ways to Cope with Pandemic Fear and Isolation?
2020, issue 45, Marta Fanasca: I was in the UK when the lockdown was imposed on my home country, Italy. My mother called me after the Italian PM, Giuseppe Conte, informed the nation about the restrictive measures to be adopted to overcome the Covid-19 crisis. She told me that from the very next day all the shops would be shut down, with people invited not to leave their houses unless for necessary (although limited) grocery shopping.
Living – Six Researchers in Search of A Meaning In Lockdown: A Collective Essay (RN03)
2020, issue 45, Lyudmila Nurse, Maggie O’Neill et al.: ‘Stay at home!’. Biographical researchers are accustomed to, and they are well equipped (methodologically) to reflect on, changing life trajectories in unprecedented circumstances. This collective essay maps our individual experiences of a lockdown. Using the methodological approach of Walking Interpretative Biographical Method (WIBM), we developed methodological guidelines on a walking and imagining exercise.
Living – Cities in Lockdown: A Few Comments on Urban Decline and Revival under the Covid-19 Pandemic
2020, issue 45, Maciej Kowalewski: Writing about possible changes ‘after the epidemic’ shows not only optimism but maybe excessive certainty. How will it end? After all, we do not have any direct observations yet (as we mostly have to rely on secondary data), and we do not see a clear ‘end point’. The favourite topics of urban sociology are collective practices and urban space. But when almost all practices in public space are limited or forbidden, these topics change radically, and all ‘interesting’ topics are suspended.
Living – Overcoming the Unsouled City
2020, issue 45, Carlos Fortuna: I have just finished writing a book that will shortly be published in Brazil and in Portugal. It is a book about cities and the various expressions of urbanness that take place there. One of the chapters of Cidades e Urbanidades [Cities and Urbanities] is dedicated to an eulogy of walking, showing how it is only the human rhythm of the urban walk that enables us to decipher the city and its material, sociohistorical and symbolic expressions. Like us, the book was blindsided by the pandemic turbulence caused by Covid-19, and it was engulfed in the ensuing widespread darkness of nightmare and fear.
Gendering – Be Safe, Take Care: On the Matters of a (Feminist) Pandemic
2020, issue 45, Ellie Walton: I’m sitting at my mother’s kitchen table. I’ve been here all day. My mother and I sit across from each other, co-working gently (mostly). Discussion ebbs and flows. We talk about my work, we talk about the pandemic, we talk about community networks and governmental response, we talk about collectivism and mutual aid.
Gendering – Coronavirus (Covid-19) and Femicide
2020, issue 45, Shalva Weil: Femicide, or the killing of women because they are women, is also a pandemic, and yet it has never been declared as such by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Until recently, it was also ‘invisible’ in sociology. Femicide, like the coronavirus, occurs in every society indiscriminately and spreads at an incalculable rate.