COVID-19: Volume I: Global Pandemic, Societal Responses, Ideological Solutions

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J. Michael Ryan
Routledge, Dec 27, 2020 - Health & Fitness - 290 pages

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the associated COVID-19 pandemic, is perhaps the greatest threat to life, and lifestyles, the world has known in more than a century. The scholarship included here provides critical insights into the ethics and ideologies, inequalities, and changed social understandings that lie at the heart of this pandemic. This volume maps out the ways in which the pandemic has impacted (most often disproportionately) societies, the successes and failures of means used to combat the virus, and the considerations and future possibilities – both positive and negative – that lie ahead. While the pandemic has brought humanity together in some noteworthy ways, it has also laid bare many of the systemic inequalities that lie at the foundation of our global society. This volume is a significant step toward better understanding these impacts.

The work presented here represents a remarkable diversity and quality of impassioned scholarship and is a timely and critical advance in knowledge related to the pandemic. This volume and its companion, COVID-19: Volume II: Social Consequences and Cultural Adaptations, are the result of the collaboration of more than 50 of the leading social scientists from across five continents. The breadth and depth of the scholarship is matched only by the intellectual and global scope of the contributors themselves. The insights presented here have much to offer not just to an understanding of the ongoing world of COVID-19, but also to helping us (re-) build, and better shape, the world beyond.


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List of figures
Notes on the contributors
McDonaldization in the age of COVID19
Necroethics in the time of COVID19 and Black Lives Matter
reactions to COVID19 in Papua New Guinea
The rise of the COVID19 pandemic and the decline of global citizenship
Inequalities and COVID19
postsecondary education in a pandemic
poverty education and economic life amidst the pandemic
COVID19 New Zealands bubble metaphor and the limits
viral cloud moments in the SARSCoV2 pandemic
Managing trauma exposure and developing resilience in the midst of COVID19
social media explorations from the Arab world

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About the author (2020)

J. Michael Ryan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology at Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan. He has previously held academic positions in Portugal, Egypt, Ecuador, and the United States of America. Before returning to academia, Dr. Ryan worked as a research methodologist at the National Center for Health Statistics in Washington, D.C. He is the editor of multiple volumes, including Trans Lives in a Globalizing World: Rights, Identities, and Politics (Routledge 2020), Core Concepts in Sociology (Wiley 2019), and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa:Contemporary Issues and Challenges (Lynne-Rienner 2020).

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