This book presents several perspectives on the COVID-19 crisis as it impacted the United States, focusing on policies, practices, and patterns. It considers the relationship between government policies and neo-liberalism, (anti)federalism, economies of scale, and material culture.
The COVID-19 crisis became the primary current event in the United States in March 2020 and continued for several years. In the early days of the crisis, the United States lacked a cohesive, comprehensive approach to combating its spread. As a result, the pandemic was experienced differently in different parts of the United States and at different scales. The chapters in this volume include both quantitative and qualitative explorations of the pandemic as it occurred in the United States. Collectively, they help the reader to better understand this geographically salient issue and provide lessons to learn from so as to improve upon responses to crises in the future.
This book will be of interest to students and researchers of Geography, Sociology, Political Science, and Economics with an interest in United States and the socio-political effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of Geographical Review.
Introduction: Geographical Perspectives on the COVID-19 Crisis
Sara Beth Keough and David H. Kaplan
1. The Coronavirus Pandemic and American Neoliberalism
2. Anti-Federalist Federalism: American "Populism" and the Spatial Contradictions of U.S. Government in the Time of COVID-19
3. What are the Impacts of COVID-19 on Small Businesses in the U.S.? Early Evidence Based on the Largest 50 MSAs
Qingfang Wang and Wei Kang
4. Masks and Materiality in the Era of COVID-19
Sara Beth Keough
5. COVID-19 Mortality in New York City across Neighborhoods by Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity Status
Samantha Friedman and Jin-Wook Lee
6. Understanding the Spatial Patchwork of Predictive Modeling of First Wave Pandemic Decisions by U.S. Governors
Patricia Solís, Gautam Dasarathy, Pavan Turaga, Alexandria Drake, Kevin Jatin Vora, Akarshan Sajja, Ankith Raaman, Sarbeswar Praharaj and Robert Lattus