1st Edition

Negotiating the Pandemic Cultural, National, and Individual Constructions of COVID-19

Edited By Inayat Ali, Robbie Davis-Floyd Copyright 2022
    350 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    350 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book centers on negotiations around cultural, governmental, and individual constructions of COVID-19. It considers how the coronavirus pandemic has been negotiated in different cultures and countries, with the final part of the volume focusing on South Asia and Pakistan in particular. The chapters include auto-ethnographic accounts and ethnographic explorations that reflect upon experiences of living with the pandemic and its implications for all areas of life. The book explicates people’s dealings with COVID-19 at various levels, situates the spread of rumors, conspiracy theories, and new social rituals within micro- and/or macro-contexts, and describes the interplay between the virus and various institutionalized forms of inequalities and structural vulnerabilities. Bringing together a variety of perspectives, the volume relates to the past, describes the Covidian present, and offers futuristic implications. It enlists distinct imaginaries based on current understandings of an extraordinary challenge that holds significant importance for our human future.

    Introduction: Constructing and Negotiating Covid-19
    Inayat Ali and Robbie Davis-Floyd

    Part I: Auto-Ethnographic Reflections on Negotiating the Coronavirus Pandemic

    1. My Great-Grandmother, Malinowski, and my "Self": An Autoethnographic Account of Negotiating Covid-19
    Inayat Ali

    2. Negotiating Covid-19 in The Media: Autoethnographic Reflections on Sweden and International Reporting
    Rachel Irwin

    3. Loss and Longing for the Field During Covid 19 in Australia, and Finding it Again because "Ngukurr is Everywhere"
    Kate Senior, Richard Chenhall, and Fran

    Part II: Conceptualizing and Negotiating the Pandemic Across Professions, Cultures, and Countries

    4. "As Soon As People See You Cough, They Say You Have The Disease": Negotiating Covid-Related Stigma and Health-Seeking Behaviors in Kenya
    Violet Barasa

    5. How us Maternity Care Providers Conceptualize Covid-19 and Negotiate Practice Changes: The Tensions Between Organizational Protocols and Childbearers’ Needs
    Kim Gutschow and Robbie Davis-Floyd

    6. Health Literacy and Information Fatigue: Understanding People’s Beliefs and Behaviors as they Negotiate Covid-19 in Germany
    Mayarí Hengstermann

    7. Viral Exposure: Negotiating Risks, Boundaries and Meanings of Protective Practices Against Covid-19 in Switzerland
    Nolwenn Bühler, Melody Pralong, Célia Burnand, Cloé Rawlinson, Semira Gonseth Nusslé, Valérie D’acremont, Murielle Bochud, and Patrick Bodenmann 

    8. Practicing Resilience While Negotiating the Pandemic: The Experiences of People With Rare Diseases in Poland
    Katarzyna E. Król and Małgorzata Rajtar

    9. Negotiating Covid-19 in Russia on the Eve of the Introduction of Social Restrictions
    Tatiana O. Novikova, Dmitry G. Pirogov, Tatyana V. Malikova, and Georgiy A. Murza-Der

    10. The Quest for a Cure for Covid-19: Controversies and Negotiations Around Biomedical Treatments and Traditional Asian Medicines
    Danuta Penkala-Gawęcka

    11. How do Small-To-Medium Enterprises (Smes) Negotiate the Covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesia? Santirianingrum Soebandhi, Kristiningsih, and Ira Darmawanti

    Part III: Culturally Constructing And Negotiating Covid-19 In South Asia

    12. Sri Lankans’ Negotiations Around Covid-19: Can a Culture Control a Viral Outbreak?
    Tharaka Ananda and Inayat Ali

    13. Negotiating Covid-19 in Bhutan: Successfully Aligning Science, Politics, Culture, and Religion in a Unique Public Health Strategy
    Mary Grace A. Pelayo, Ian Christopher N. Rocha, Jigme Yoezer

    14. Negotiating India During the Covid-19 Crisis: Issues and Challenges
    Suman Chakrabarty

    15. Contesting Covid-19 In Bangladesh: Government Responses and Local Perceptions
    Inayat Ali and Sudipta Das Gupta

    Part IV: Negotiating Covid-19 in Pakistan: Cultural Conceptions and Pandemic Responses

    16. Social Constructions of the Concept of Covid-19 in Pakistan: An Anthropological Investigation
    Sara Akram and Rao Nadeem Alam

    17. Local Perceptions of Covid-19 in Pakistan’s Sindh Province: Political Game, Supernatural Test, or Western Conspiracy?
    Inayat Ali, Salma Saddique, and Shahbaz Ali

    18. Negotiating Shopping Behaviors After the Outbreak of Covid-19 in Pakistan
    Tayyaba Rafique Makhdoom, Sanaullah Jamali, and Maria Tufail Memon

    19. How Students Negotiated a University Closure: The Impacts of "Covistress" on Undergraduate Students of The University of Sindh During Online Education
    Abdul Razaque Channa and Umbreen Soomro


    Inayat Ali and Robbie Davis-Floyd



    Inayat Ali has recently completed his PhD in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Vienna, Austria

    Robbie Davis-Floyd is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University, USA, and specializes in the anthropology of reproduction.

    "The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, but differently in different places. Thus, everywhere it is possible to talk about life and experience before the pandemic, and how things are different now. These statements are true and matter because in all places in the world the pandemic has been a force and a presence that cannot be ignored. It is on this basis that this illuminating and insightful global collection gives rise to what the editors call Covidian anthropology, the ethnographic and auto-ethnographic examination of sociocultural constructions of and negotiations around COVID-19 at the individual, local, sociocultural, national, and global levels. Addressing a wide array of issues of anthological concern, the chapters in this volume affirm that COVID-19 is far more than a biomedical issue in that it shapes and is shaped by culture, hierarchy, inequality, social vulnerability, meaning, and agency as it engages the fault lines of society. This book is a must read within and beyond the academy as we try to make sense of the pandemic and its multiple impacts on our lives." - Merrill Singer, University of Connecticut