COVID-19 : Two Volume Set book cover
1st Edition

Two Volume Set

Edited By

J. Michael Ryan

ISBN 9780367740610
Published December 31, 2020 by Routledge
560 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The SARS-CoV-2 virus, commonly referred to as COVID-19, is perhaps the greatest threat to life, and lifestyles, around the world in more than a century. Although there is little global agreement on many issues related to the virus, there is widespread agreement that the actual number of cases – both of those infected and of those who have died as a result of infection – is certainly much higher than official numbers suggest. The impact of the virus, however, has spread well beyond the realm of the medical, also heavily impacting social, cultural, economic, political, and quotidian ways of living for nearly every human being on the planet. The two edited volumes in this set contribute to a broader understanding of the impact COVID-19 is having, and will have, on our understandings, efforts, and decisions of the future of global society.

Table of Contents

Volume I: Global pandemic, societal responses, ideological solutions

Timeline of COVID-19

J. Michael Ryan

1. Introduction: COVID-19: Global pandemic, societal responses, ideological solutions

J. Michael Ryan

2. The SARS Cov-2 Virus and the COVID-19 Pandemic

J. Michael Ryan


3. McDonaldization in the Age of COVID-19

George Ritzer

4. Theocidies of the COVID-19 Catastrophe

Bryan S. Turner

5. Necroethics in the Time of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter

Scott Schaffer

6. Ecology, Democracy, and COVID-19: Rereading and Radicalizing Karl Polanyi

Eren Duzgun

7. Heterotopia in Melanesia: Reactions to COVID-19 in Papua New Guinea

David Troolin

8. The Blessings of COVID-19 for Neoliberalism, Nationalism, and Neoconservative Ideologies

J. Michael Ryan

9. The Rise of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Decline of Global Citizenship

Atefeh Ramsari


10. Inequalities and COVID-19

Serena Nanda

11. Spotlighting Hidden Inequalities: Post-secondary education in a pandemic

Stacy L. Smith, Adam G. Sanford, Dinur Blum

12. Business as Usual: Poverty, education, and economic life amidst the pandemic

Ryan Parsons

13. Inflection Points: The intersection of COVID-19, climate change, and systemic racism

Jill Betz Bloom


14. Blowing Bubbles: COVID-19, New Zealand’s bubble metaphor, and the limits of households as sites of responsibility and care

Susanna Trnka and Sharyn Graham Davies

15. Making the Invisible Visible: Viral cloud moments in the SARS COV-2 pandemic

Joseph A. Astorino and Anthony V. Nicola

16. Treating Loneliness in the Aftermath of a Pandemic: Threat or Opportunity?

Kelly Rhea MacArthur

17. Managing Trauma Exposure and Developing Resilience in the Midst of COVID-19

Johanna Soet Buzolits, Ann Abbey, Kate Kittredge, and Ann E.C. Smith

18. The Costs of Care: A content analysis of female nurses’ media visibility and voices in the United States, China, and India during the COVID-19 pandemic

Mari A. DeWees and Amy C. Miller

19. COVID-19, the Pand(m)emic: Social media explorations from the Arab WorldNoha Fikry, Nada M. Ahmed, Malin E. Almeland-Grøhn, Laila ElKoussy, Mostafa A. ElSharkawy, Farah Seifeldin, and Ahmed Ashraf Younis

Volume II: Social consequences and cultural adaptions

Timeline of COVID-19

J. Michael Ryan

1. Introduction: COVID-19: Social consequences and cultural adaptations

J. Michael Ryan

2. The SARS CoV-2 Virus and the COVID-19 Pandemic

J. Michael Ryan


3. Rethinking What We Value: Pandemic teaching and the art of letting go

Deborah J. Cohan

4. Disruption and Difficulty: Student and faculty perceptions of the transition to online instruction in the COVID-19 pandemic

Lee Millar Bidwell, Scott T. Grether, JoEllen Pederson

5. Seeking Stability in Unstable Times: COVID-19 and the bureaucratic mindset

Adam G. Sanford, Dinur Blum, Stacy L. Smith

6. The Solution is the Problem: What a pandemic can reveal about policing

Jodie Dewey

7. Housing as Healthcare: Mitigations of homelessness during a pandemic

Kristen Desjarlais-deKlerk

8. COVID-19 and Reproductive Injustice: The implications of birthing restrictions during a pandemic

Nazneen Kane

9. When Sports Stood Still: Covid-19 and the lost season

Donna J. Barbie, John C. Lamothe, and Steven Master


10. The Political Nightmare of the Plague: The ironic resistance of anti-quarantine protestors

James K. Meeker

11. Toxic Wild West Syndrome: Individual rights vs. community needs

Dinur Blum, Adam G. Sanford, Stacy L. Smith

12. Innovation Diffusion, Social Capital, and Mask Mobilization: Culture change during the COVID-19 pandemic

Heather L. Mello

13. Changing Times: New sources of parenting stress and the shifting meanings of time with and for children

Melissa A. Milkie

14. Sites of Silence: Deaf online communication in the time of Corona

Marilyn Plumlee

15. People’s Experiences and Attitudes During the COVID-19 Outbreak in the United States of and Poland

Magdalena Szaflarski

16. Performing Precarity in Times of Uncertainty: The implications of COVID-19 on artists in Malta

Valerie Visanich and Toni Attard


17. Anti-Asian Racism, Responses, and the Impact on Asian-Americans’ Lives: A social-ecological perspective

Pamela P. Chiang

18. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Lives of Sexual and Gender Minority People

Matthew D. Skinta, Angela H. Sun, and Daniel M. Ryu

19. Virus, Violence, and Vitriol: The tale of COVID-19

Monita H. Mungo

20. High Risk or Low Worth? A few practical and philosophical issues surrounding the isolation of high-risk senior women

Lynnette Porter

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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 Trans Lives in a Globalizing World: Rights, identities, and politics (2020) and Core Concepts in Sociology (2019).


"As the world is caught up in a whirlwind of multiple crises- health, social, ecological, political, this is one of the first books that invite us to think creatively and analytically about COVID-19. A cutting-edge and comprehensive overview on the challenges we are facing. One can draw the conclusion that it is essential to incorporate a sociological view on health and illness when this pandemic sits where natural and cultural realities intersect. It is not about medical sociology but sociology tout court. These two volumes are compelling, timely and powerfully intelligent reading as books (and textbooks)." 

- Dr. Sari Hanafi, President, International Sociological Association