This volume is an important contribution to our understanding of global pandemics in general and Covid-19 in particular. It brings together the reflections of leading social and political scientists who are interested in the implications and significance of the current crisis for politics and society.
The chapters provide both analysis of the social and political dimensions of the Coronavirus pandemic and historical contextualization as well as perspectives beyond the crisis. The volume seeks to focus on Covid-19 not simply as the terrain of epidemiology or public health, but as raising fundamental questions about the nature of social, economic and political processes. The problems of contemporary societies have become intensified as a result of the pandemic. Understanding the pandemic is as much a sociological question as it is a biological one, since viral infections are transmitted through social interaction. In many ways, the pandemic poses fundamental existential as well as political questions about social life as well as exposing many of the inequalities in contemporary societies. As the chapters in this volume show, epidemiological issues and sociological problems are elucidated in many ways around the themes of power, politics, security, suffering, equality and justice.
This is a cutting edge and accessible volume on the Covid-19 pandemic with chapters on topics such as the nature and limits of expertise, democratization, emergency government, digitalization, social justice, globalization, capitalist crisis, and the ecological crisis.
Notes on Contributors
Gerard Delanty 1. Introduction: The Pandemic in Historical and Global Context
Part 1 Politics, Experts and the State
Claus Offe 2. Corona Pandemic Policy: Exploratory Notes on its ‘Epistemic Regime’
Stephen Turner 3. The Naked State: What the Breakdown of Normality Reveals
Jan Zielonka 4. Who Should be in Charge of Pandemics? Scientists or Politicians?
Jonathan White 5. Emergency Europe after Covid-19
Daniel Innerarity 6. Political Decision-Making in a Pandemic
Part 2 Globalization, History and the Future
Helga Nowotny 7. In AI We Trust: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Pushes us Deeper into Digitalization
Eva Horn 8. Tipping Points: The Anthropocene and COVID-19
Bryan S. Turner 9. The Political Theology of Covid-19: a Comparative History of Human Responses to Catastrophes
Daniel Chernilo 10. Another Globalisation: Covid-19 and the Cosmopolitan Imagination
Frédéric Vandenberghe & Jean-Francois Véran 11. The Pandemic as a Global Total Social Fact
Part 3 The Social and Alternatives
Sylvia Walby 12. Social Theory and COVID: Including Social Democracy
Donatella della Porta 13. Progressive Social Movements, Democracy and the Pandemic
Sonja Avlijaš 14. Security for Whom? Inequality and Human Dignity in Times of the Pandemic
Albena Azmanova 15. Battlegrounds of Justice: The Pandemic and What Really Grieves the 99%
Book on the Covid-19 pandemic, chapters by leading social and political scientists
Raises crucial questions about the nature of social, economic and political processes
Directly relates to uni courses on pandemics, global risks and mega-hazards
Gerard Delanty, Professor of Sociology, University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom.