1st Edition

Governing Human Lives and Health in Pandemic Times
Social Control Policies

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ISBN 9781032147970
March 16, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Governing Human Lives and Health in Pandemic Times looks into the instruments and the type of reasoning involved when large-scale social control strategies were implemented worldwide in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The repertoires of institutional and administrative governance tools used during the pandemic are studied in their unique institutional, socio-geographic and cultural settings, in order to form an understanding of the political climates and the values inscribed in current societal contracts.

The book is intended for academic audiences interested in policy research, health governance, and civil societal issues. It will be of great relevance and use for a wide audience of policy-makers, public officials and health care planners as well as students in a broad range of disciplines.

Table of Contents

Matilda Hellman, Tom Kettunen, Saara Salmivaara, and Janne Stoneham

PART I: Communicating a pandemic

1. The role of the Italian press in times of pandemics: Old features in the face of a new risk
Marco Mazzoni, Roberto Mincigrucci, Susanna Pagiotti, Anna Stanziano, and Sofia Verza

2. Re-vitalising discourses of solidarity: Governing populations in times of uncertainty and crisis
Anna-Lisa Müller and Leonie Tuitjer

3. Calm chess player or self-aware administrator? How the Finnish and Swedish public health agencies addressed the public during the corona outbreak
Matilda Hellman, Saara Salmivaara, and Janne Stoneham

PART II: Autonomy, rights, and choice

4. A Battle Over Birth: Contestations, Lived Experiences and the Restrictive Policy of Finnish Birth Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic​
Kaisa Kuurne and Anna Leppo

5. Stuck between health-related and socioeconomic risks. Managing the pandemic in India
Dayabati Roy

PART III: Political and ideological struggles

6. The Effects of a Hegemonizing Negationist Narrative in Brazil
Fábio Malini, Ana Paula Miranda Costa Bergami, Camilla Reisler Cavalcanti, Marcela Tessarolo Bastos, and Lígia Iunes Venturott

7. When counting counts: Politics of quantification and the government of Covid-19 in São Paulo
Daniel Edler Duarte, Letícia Simões Gomes, and Alcides Peron

PART IV: Framing control policy options

8. The framing of harms to children and youth due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Sweden, Finland and Ontario, Canada in relation to school lockdowns
Heather Bullock, Gabriella Dahlberg, Petra Kouvonen, and Fredrik Lindencrona

9. Nudge: Behavioural Science, Normative Discourse, and the Art of Consent
Ben Harbisher

PART V: Summary and conclusions

10. Conclusions: Social control policies within current societal contracts
Matilda Hellman, Tom Kettunen, Saara Salmivaara, and Janne Stoneham

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Matilda Hellman is a sociologist, who leads the University of Helsinki Centre for Research on Addiction, Control, and Governance (CEACG). Her research concerns the understandings and articulations of addiction, lifestyles, health, and social marginalization. She has focused especially on how governance, policies, and institutions embed and produce views on questions such as drug use, alcohol policy, gambling, and brain-based addiction, and how these affect individuals, groups, and societies.

Tom Kettunen is the managing editor of Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, a social science journal specialising comparative settings and research that involves social or welfare political framings. With a background in philosophy and gender studies, his academic interests also include diversity in science publishing, publishing ethics, lifestyles, and addictions.

Saara Salmivaara is a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Helsinki. Her research interests include the role of science in society, as well as styles of reasoning and modes of justification in reactions to contemporary issues regarding health and the environment.

Janne Stoneham is a Master’s student in sociology and co-author to the forthcoming book Addiction in the brain: Expectations and ethical considerations (2022). His research interests touch upon the philosophy of science, epistemology and anti-essentialist ontologies.