1st Edition

Covid-19 Responses of Local Communities around the World Exploring Trust in the Context of Risk and Fear

Edited By Khun Eng Kuah, Gilles Guiheux, Francis K.G. Lim Copyright 2023
    210 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    210 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Presenting a wide range of international case studies, the contributors to this book study the impact of Covid-19 on the risks faced by communities around the globe.

    Examining cases from the Americas, Europe and Asia – including Mexico, Brazil, China, India, France, and Belgium – Kuah, Guiheux, Lim and their collaborators look at how communities have coped with the social and economic impacts of the pandemic, as well as the public health concerns. Using a framework of risks, fear, and trust, they evaluate how the global health crisis has both revealed and exacerbated a deep crisis of confidence in institutions and systems around the world. In reaction to this they also look at how individuals, social groups and communities have faced fears and built trust at a more local level. The units of spatial analysis in these cases include urban cities, neighbourhoods, slum settlements, migrant camps, schools, markets and homes, for a broad spectrum of case types and rich empirical data.

    Essential reading for social scientists including sociologists, anthropologists and scholars of other disciplines looking to understand the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic internationally and on a multi-scalar level.

    Chapter 1 Negotiating trust, risk and fear during Covid-19 pandemic: Responses within local communities across the world by Khun Eng Kuah, Gilles, Guiheux and Francis Lim

    Chapter 2 Trust and Modalities of Social Action in the Pandemic by Francis K.G. Lim

    Chapter 3 Practicing Safe Eating during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Hong Kong: A Trust in Action Perspective by Chong Gao and Khun Eng Kuah

    Chapter 4 State-led Covid-19 Governance and the Negotiation of Trust in Local Chinese Communities in the Greater Bay Area of China by Khun Eng Kuah and Hong Jin

    Chapter 5 Covid-19 responses of displaced slum dwellers in Delhi:Whom to trust and to rely on in times of sanitary and economic crisis? By Véronique Dupont and M.M. Shankare Gowda

    Chapter 6 Covid-19 responses of Women Solidarity Networks in Brazil: Levels of Protection and (Mis)Trust in a Polarized Society by Isabelle Hillenkamp, Beatriz Schwenck and Natália Lobo

    Chapter 7 Trust in business in times of Covid-19. The case of the Aubervilliers garment product wholesale market by Gilles Guiheux

    Chapter 8 Trust Beyond Binary Choices: Belgian Chinese Immigrants’ Localization of ‘Chinese Bubble’ in the ‘Belgian Bubble’ in the COVID-19 Pandemic by Jingjing Li and Ching Lin Pang

    Chapter 9 "Fear not the want of armor, for mine is also yours to wear:" Trust and Community Cultivation for Risk Response of a Chinese Immigrant Group in the United States by Qiaoyun Zhang and Ziying You

    Chapter 10 Whom to trust? International migration, risks, and responses to the Covid-19 crisis in Mexico and Central America by Laurent Faret, Olga Odgers-Ortiz, María Teresa Rodríguez López and Álvaro Caballeros


    Khun Eng Kuah is Distinguished Professor in the School of International Studies at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China.

    Gilles Guiheux is Professor of Sociology of China at the Centre d’Etudes en Sciences Sociales sur les Mondes Africains, Americains et Asiatiques, Université Paris Cité, France.

    Francis K. G. Lim is Associate Professor of Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.