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Volume II: Social Consequences and Cultural Adaptations

Edited By

J. Michael Ryan

ISBN 9781003142065
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
312 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 institutional responses, communal consequences, cultural adaptations, and social politics 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 I: Global Pandemic, Societal Responses, Ideological Solutions, 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.

Table of Contents

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, Stacy L. Smith and Adam G. Sanford

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 America 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, PhD, 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, DC. He is the editor of 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).


"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