Pandemics, Politics, and Society: Critical Perspectives on the Covid-19 Crisis (Hardcover)

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By Gerard Delanty (Editor)
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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

Fr d ric Vandenberghe & Jean-Francois V ran
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 Avlijas
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%


About the Author

Gerard Delanty is a Professor of Sociology and Social & Political Thought at the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK. He worked as fellow and visiting professor at York University, Toronto; Doshisha University, Kyota; Deakin University, Melbourne; Hamburg University; the Federal University of Brasilia; and the University of Barcelona. His most recent publication is Critical Theory and Social Transformation (London: Routledge, 2020). Other publications include: The Cosmopolitan Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2009), Formations of European Modernity, 2nd edition (Palgrave, 2019), Community 3rd Edition (Routledge 2018), The European Heritage: A Critical Re-Interpretation (Routledge 2018). He has edited many volumes, including the Routledge International Handbook of Cosmopolitan Studies, 2nd edition 2019) and, with Stephen P. Turner, the Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Social and Political Theory (2011), He is also the Chief Editor of the European Journal of Social Theory.

Product Details
ISBN: 9783110720204
ISBN-10: 3110720205
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2021
Pages: 278
Language: English