Category Index

Beliefs and knowledges – The Sound of Silence: The Aestheticization of the Coronavirus in Service of the Production of Knowledge
2021, issue 46, Shirly Bar-Lev: Three weeks into the lockdown in Israel, while idly surfing Facebook, I came across a powerful image. Under the banner “Would you still go out if you could see it?”, the image shows a New York City street, deserted but for a barrage of enlarged, evil-looking spiky red balls representing the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.
Beliefs and knowledges – Between a Purifying and Polluting Spoon
2021, issue 46, Milica Resanović: During the Covid-19 outbreak a lot of practices of everyday life that have been taken for granted suddenly became the subject of our assessment in terms of identifying their potential beneficial and risk factors for health. For example, that is the case with the Liturgy organized by the Serbian Orthodox Church, when there were several hundreds of people diagnosed with Covid-19 in the country.
Covid Inequalities – The Butterfly and the Cocoon: The Chinese Community of Prato (Italy) during COVID-19
2021, issue 46, Laura Leonardi and Giulia Marchetti: This paper examines how COVID-19 is reframing social relations between the Chinese and the Italian communities in Prato, Italy. Here the unexpected and voluntary adhesion of the Chinese community to the rules of self-isolation in times when the alarm was not yet high in Italy, raises questions as to whether some behaviours should be obtained with measures that limit the individual freedom of agency, or whether individuals are motivated to adopt them even without their freedoms being limited by external institutions.
Covid Inequalities – Scenarios of Return (im)Mobility and Pandemic
2021, issue 46, Izabela Grabowska and Olga Czeranowska: With the Covid-19 global pandemic, societies have been shifted from hyper mobilities to forced immobility [1]. There is however a space for an exceptional type of mobility – return mobility. When threats, but also opportunities, appear, people tend desperately to return home, which we observed in March 2020, both with the EU programme and various national actions where governments organised charter flights to bring back their citizens home from various parts of the world.
Covid politics – Being Tough (Enough?) – Navigating the Limits of Democratic Power in the Coronavirus Crisis
2021, issue 46, Isabel Kusche: From late February onwards, European countries tumbled into the Coronavirus crisis one after the other. Over the course of March, most governments introduced increasingly strict measures every few days in the attempt to slow down the spread of the virus by reducing the likelihood of contagion.
Covid politics – The Pandemic in Europe's Community of Destiny
2021, issue 46, Stefania Adriana Bevilacqua: In these days of struggle against the pandemic, the idea of a Community of destiny returns to the present day.
Covid politics – Calling Leaders’ Bluff: The Covid-19 Outbreak and Power Relations in European Societies
2021, issue 46, Matteo Antonini: The year 1346, southern Crimea: the city of Cafà (today Fedosia) is under siege from the Golden Horde, a Mongolian-led empire stretching between central Asia and modern-day Ukraine. For months, the Mongols have tried to conquer the city held by the Republic of Genoa, facing both an unexpected resistance from the city’s defenders and a plague ravaging their troops.
Covid politics – Reflections on the COVID-19 Rupture: Towards Transformation
2021, issue 46, Angela Martinez Dy: In Spring 2020, we who are located within the geographic borders, and in the metaphorical borderlands, of the declining Anglo-American empire, witnessed a rupture. The Covid-19 crisis appeared in our societies, striking down first elders and middle-aged people, and then appearing in people much younger, causing inexplicable fevers, chills, coughs, body aches and fatigue, and a sudden and simultaneous grappling with our collective mortality [1].
Covid politics – Beware of the Ministry of Purity
2021, issue 46, Javier García-Martínez: The acclaimed online role-playing game Guild Wars: Factions released during 2011 an addition to its former storyline through an episodic expansion called Winds of Change. This took part right after an epidemic on its own in the Guild Wars: Factions universe that desolated Cantha, a fantasy territory based upon a melting pot of different Asian cultures.
Covid politics – Your Own Personal State of Emergency
2021, issue 46, José Duarte Ribeiro: I started as a student of Sociology 11 years ago at the University of Porto. Back then, I remember when I first realised that published research in social sciences was seemingly faster than social phenomena. The pressure on academicians to publish was itself a phenomenon of our societies.
Covid politics – Morality and Solidarities in a State of Exception
2021, issue 46, Teppo Eskelinen: Social organisation and collective moral beliefs have been widely studied, but almost invariably in the context of “normality” – that is, in a context devoid of disruptions. Yet this approach becomes insufficient as we move into a global risk society. Complex and intertwined ecological, social and economic fragilities force the question: how do we organise for a better life in moments of crises and disruptions?
Covid politics – Crisis in the Time of Disaster (Coronavirus)
2021, issue 46, Veselin Mitrović: During the Coronavirus pandemic, we are exposed to daily reports – national and global – that cover the number of people tested, infected, killed and cured. We get different forecasts about the course and effects of the infection. We are witnessing different national scenarios and models.
Covid politics – Pandemic, War Metaphors, and the Process of Civilisation
2021, issue 46, Daniel Arenas: In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, government after government could not avoid resorting to worn-out war metaphors, in some cases even granting the military a visible role in the management and communication of the crisis. The idea that trenches, combats, and life or death confrontation against one’s enemies, bring out the best in humanity has a very old history.
Covid politics – The Unexpected Victory of the Nation State
2021, issue 46, Agnieszka Bielewska and Agnieszka Trąbka: The first case of Coronavirus was confirmed in Poland on 4th March 2020. However, it is estimated that the epidemic started in mid-January. The Government’s first reaction was to close schools, kindergartens and nurseries (12th March); the second was to close borders to all foreigners, with the exception of groups like spouses of Polish nationals. Poles returning from abroad had to undergo 14 days’ quarantine.
Covid politics – We Have to do Something About It! Agency and Pandemic
2021, issue 46, Piotr Kulas and Mikołaj Pawlak: In this paper, we tackle a problem concerning uncertainty, risk, and agency. The current pandemic causes uncertainty in the entire world, beginning from everyday life up to complicated economic mechanisms and political decision-making. We put forward a thesis that changing uncertainty into risk is a crucial demand of public policies and social actors.