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A Research Agenda for COVID-19 and Society

9781800885134 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Steve Matthewman, Professor in Sociology, the School of Social Sciences | Te Puna Mārama, University of Auckland | Waipapa Taumata Rau, Aotearoa New Zealand
Publication Date: August 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80088 513 4 Extent: c 256 pp
With contributions from leading experts in the fields of anthropology, communications, disaster studies, economics, epidemiology, Indigenous studies, philosophy and sociology, this expansive book offers a diverse range of social science perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic, providing critical insights into what a research agenda for COVID-19 and society resembles across different fields of study.

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Elgar Research Agendas outline the future of research in a given area. Leading scholars are given the space to explore their subject in provocative ways and map out the potential directions of travel. They are relevant but also visionary.

With contributions from leading experts in the fields of anthropology, communications, disaster studies, economics, epidemiology, Indigenous studies, philosophy and sociology, this expansive book offers a diverse range of social science perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic, providing critical insights into what a research agenda for COVID-19 and society resembles across different fields of study.

This timely Research Agenda investigates what the social sciences can contribute to COVID-19 scholarship, exploring topics such as the impact of the pandemic on women and Indigenous Peoples, ideas behind herd immunity, drivers of vaccine diplomacy, magnification of existing inequalities, and the ethics of vaccine passports. Driven by a particular focus on the causes and consequences of the pandemic, the book considers the opportunities that research into COVID-19 presents, including how such disasters might be mitigated, as well as how we might change the world for the better and carry out our own work differently in the future.

Drawing upon numerous critical theories and methodological approaches, this incisive Research Agenda will be an invaluable tool for academics across the social sciences, particularly disaster scholars. Graduate and undergraduate students will benefit from its wealth of insightful contributions from experts working in their respective fields.
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‘Social science at its best. This important book takes huge steps towards helping us reimagine the social world, highlighting and thinking through the strengths but also the weakness of social, political and cultural bonds revealed by the pandemic. Strongly grounded in empirical research but also theoretically compelling, this book will stimulate a range of new insights into how we can navigate our way towards radically altered horizons.’
– Robert van Krieken, The University of Sydney, Australia

‘A Research Agenda for COVID-19 and Society provides impressive critical analyses and innovative research reflections on the complex social consequences of the SARS-CoV 2 pandemic. The volume has compelling contributions from social scientists from a range of disciplinary fields, including sociology, anthropology, philosophy and political economy, and provides incisive analyses of reactions to the pandemic in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and the US.

Chapters address the research difficulties and challenges posed by the pandemic, including the range of measures and policies introduced to protect public health, and outline some of the innovative digital research methods designed and employed in response. In addition to insightful analyses of the diverse national policy responses to the pandemic, the volume contains considerations of the relevance of disaster research and management as well as contributions on great power behaviour and vaccine diplomacy and concerns about inequalities, forms of discrimination, and compulsion in relation to COVID passports and other measures.

A Research Agenda for COVID-19 and Society also provides analyses of the pandemic and its consequences in relation to indigeneity, gender and the pandemic amplification of the care crisis, the interconnection of humans to other animals, plants, and non-organic things, as well as in respect of the multiple disruptions to everyday life, and not least the ways in which the necessity for forms of governmental intervention and increased investment in and support for the public sphere has served to confirm the limitations of the neoliberal policy paradigm.

A Research Agenda for COVID-19 and Society deserves to be widely read and will prove to be a very valuable resource for researchers across the social sciences.'
– Barry Smart, University of Portsmouth, England

‘Steve Matthewman is unquestionably one of the world's leading sociologists of catastrophe and disaster. In this collection, he has unerringly marshalled a series of revelatory perspectives that will be essential for understanding COVID-19 and “the new normal”. There is not one weak spot among them. This is a landmark contribution to the field.’
– Chris Rojek, City, University of London, UK
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Contributors include: Marianne Clark, Lyn Craig, Tim Dare, Cordula Dittmer, Luke Goode, Pauline Herbst, Kate Huppatz, Justine Kingsbury, Daniel F. Lorenz, Simon Lambert, Deborah Lupton, Steve Matthewman, Naoise McDonagh, Clare Southerton, Susanna Trnka, Deborah Wallace, Rodrick Wallace, Ash Watson, L.L. Wynn, Richey Wyver
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