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Rights at Stake and the COVID-19 Pandemic
Two Special Issues of the Journal of Human Rights

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ISBN 9781032218250
February 28, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped life across the world, placing people at risk as our responses to it alter not only health and wellbeing but also governance, economies, social relations, and our interaction with the natural environment. This volume draws globally recognized human rights scholars and practitioners into dialogue over the costs and consequences of the pandemic. With insights and data from fields as diverse as medicine, anthropology, political science, social work, business, and law, these contributors help us make sense of the pandemic’s ongoing effects and its potential impact on future systems and processes. Drawn from two special issues of The Journal of Human Rights—one published within eight months of the first lockdowns, the other published almost two years into the pandemic—this book offers one of the most comprehensive collections of such research available. It will be of interest to researchers and advanced students of Politics, Sociology, Social Work, Economics, Anthropology, Social and Political Geography, and Public Policy.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Early Views and Analysis of the Pandemic  Introduction—Human rights in the time of COVID-19  Centering Rights-Based Theory and Praxis   1. Revisiting interdependence in times and terms of crisis  2. A forecasted failure: Intersectionality, COVID-19, and the perfect storm  3. Solidarity in times of crisis  Re-examining Health  4. Global health and human rights in the time of COVID-19: Response, restrictions, legitimacy  5. Human rights obligations of drug companies  6. What COVID-19 revealed about health, human rights, and the WHO  Contesting Power and Control  7. Legal empowerment approaches in the context of COVID-19  8. Freedom of movement, migration, and borders  9. State surveillance and the COVID-19 crisis  10. Hazardous confinement during the COVID-19 pandemic: The fate of migrants detained yet nondeportable  Part 2: Ongoing Debates  Introduction—Beyond complacency and acrimony: Studying human rights in a post-COVID-19 world  11. The state of human rights in a (post) COVID-19 world  Windows of Opportunity to Worsen Human Rights  12. Can nonviolent resistance survive COVID-19?  13. The COVID-19 pandemic and authoritarian consolidation in North Africa  Fighting COVID-19, Maintain Human Rights: Challenges and Tradeoffs  14. Pandemic patriarchy: The impact of a global health crisis on women’s rights  15. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on human rights practices: Findings from the Human Rights Measurement Initiative’s 2021 Practitioner Survey  16. Global perceptions of South Korea’s COVID-19 policy responses: Topic modeling with tweets  Lessons Learned for the Future  17. Hindsight is 2020: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic for future human rights research

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Shareen Hertel is Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, USA, jointly appointed with the UConn Human Rights Institute. She is Editor of The Journal of Human Rights and has worked with United Nations agencies, foundations, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States, Latin America, and South Asia.

Catherine Buerger is the Director of Research at the Dangerous Speech Project (DSP). She is the Managing Editor of The Journal of Human Rights and has published widely in academic and policy outlets. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut.