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‘Social Distancing’ is more than standing 6 feet away

By Kamala Russell As of early April 2020, nearly half of the global population are under orders to cease public life as usual, to shelter in place in their homes, and to maintain safe distance from those not in their households to mitigate the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In the United States, this latter […]

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COVID-19: What can the United States learn from the Democratic Republic of the Congo?*

By Rachel Niehuus and Jason Stearns Discussions of COVID-19 often cast the Global South as the tragic victim of an imminent surge in cases there. Doctors and public health experts have lamented the weak health systems in the Global South––there are fewer than 130 ICU beds in Haiti and perhaps only 500 ventilators for 190 […]

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The Pain of Waiting During a Pandemic: Displacements of Disability in a Time of Crisis

By Amanda Votta I woke up one morning in early March with the worst sore throat I’d had in a decade. My entire body hurt five times more than usual, and I felt so cold I was shaking. When I took my temperature, though, it was a normal 98.2F. And my throat, even if it […]

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Coronashock Capitalism: The Unintended Consequences of Radical Biopolitics

By Stefan Ecks 2020 is a significant year for the social sciences. Not only because COVID-19 changed how we think about global connectedness and local distancing. By some strange coincidence, 2020 also marks the 100th anniversary of Max Weber’s death. He was only 56 years old when he died in Munich on June 14th, 1920. […]

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