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How to Live Through a Pandemic

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ISBN 9781032397801
May 12, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores what anthropology can contribute to an understanding of how people live through pandemics. It reflects on how pandemics are experienced and what we can learn from Covid-19 as well as previous instances that might inform future responses and help to alleviate suffering. The chapters highlight current research and longer-term reflections from different countries and areas of the discipline, covering medical anthropology, care and surveillance, digital and experimental ethnography, and the everyday economies of lockdown. They show the breadth and originality of anthropological work relevant to thinking about and responding to pandemic situations. Extending beyond Covid-19, the volume considers the implications for ongoing and future research under pandemic restrictions and gives a broad overview of current anthropology relevant to questions about pandemics. It will be of interest to both academic and applied anthropologists, as well as to sociologists and those working in global and public health.

Table of Contents

1 Anthropological responses to pandemics

Helen Lambert, Jude Robinson and Simone Abram

2 On Epidemiological consciousness and COVID-19: Envisioning vulnerability, hazard, and public health policy in Aotearoa New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Nicholas Long et al. Nicholas J. Long, Pounamu Jade Aikman, Nayantara Sheoran Appleton, Sharyn Graham Davies, Antje Deckert, Edmond Fehoko, Eleanor Holroyd, Naseem Jivraj, Megan Laws, Nelly Martin-Anatias, Michael Roguski, Nikita Simpson, Rogena Sterling, Susanna Trnka, and Laumua Tunufa’i

3 COVID-19 in Africa: pandemic preparedness and response

Hayley MacGregor, Melissa Leach, Alice Desclaux, Catherine Grant, Fred Martineau, Melissa Parker, Kelley Sams and Khoudia Sow

4 Modelling the new "Social": The evolution of risk assessments and mathematical modelling during the "first wave" of the pandemic

Michelangelo Paganopoulos

5 Digital, experimental, collaborative – Covid19’s methodological consequences

Brit Winthereik and Anders Munk

6 Connected by Isolations: Overlaps, refractions and difference in a four-fold view of lockdown inequality in Scotland

Lucy Pickering and Sarah Armstrong

7 Lockdown and livelihoods in rural South India: Rethinking patronage and care at the time of COVID-19

Geert De Neve, Grace Carswell, Nidhi Subramanyam and Satiyanarayan Yuvaraj

8 Care And Surveillance - The Good Citizens Of Covid-19

Daniel Miller

9 Facing uncertainty: The social life of face coverings during a pandemic

Juan Zhang, Helen Lambert and Binjuan Liu

10 Afterword: Pandemic, Hope and Anthropological Praxis

Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

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Simone Abram is Professor in Anthropology at the University of Durham, and chair of ASA 2020-2024. Recent book publications include Energy Futures, Electrifying Anthropology, Ethnographies of Power.

Helen Lambert is Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Bristol. Her research interests include antimicrobial resistance, Asian medical systems, and global public health. She leads a UK-China AMR Partnership Hub supported by the Newton Fund.

Jude Robinson is a social anthropologist research the lives of women and children living in resource-limited settings in the UK and countries in East Africa. Her current research focuses on using gendered theory to explore how people maintain their physical and mental health in diverse settings; health in the context of climate change; and health, hygiene and water insecurity.