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The Pandemic in Britain
COVID-19, British Exceptionalism and Neoliberalism

  • Available for pre-order on May 19, 2023. Item will ship after June 9, 2023
ISBN 9781032229850
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers a political analysis and sociological critique of the UK government’s response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, interpreting the inadequacies of government policy with regard to COVID-19 as the results of neoliberal ideology, the protection of corporate interests, Brexit nationalism, and the peculiarities of a British model of capitalism based on international trade and labour market precarity.

Arguing that institutionalised corporate-capitalist control of state and science generates new and growing public health risks, and that consumer-driven individualism has eroded community life and the protections this might offer against pandemics, it contends that the UK government’s catastrophic response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of peculiarly British socioeconomic and political phenomena.

The Pandemic in Britain will appeal to scholars of sociology, philosophy and politics with interests in the COVID-19 pandemic as well as neoliberal ideology and its manifestation in political life.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Anatomy of the UK Pandemic

1. The Road to Lockdown

2. Healthcare Shortages and the Ventilator Challenge

3. Neoliberalism and the Crisis of Welfare

4. Premature Unlockings and the Later Lockdowns

5. Border Insecurities

6. Communicative Ambivalence and Test and Trace

7. Mask Scepticism

8. Freedom Day

Conclusions: Beyond Freedom?

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Sean Creaven is Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of the West of England, UK. He is the author of Marxism and Realism: A Materialistic Application of Realism in the Social Sciences; Against the Spiritual Turn: Marxism, Realism, and Critical Theory and Emergentist Marxism: Dialectical Philosophy and Social Theory.