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The Pandemic of Productivity

The Work of Home and the Work from Home

Suchismita Chattopadhyay

space of renewed activity and attention. Through a process of reflexive writing, I explore how for the economically and socially privileged middle- and upper-middle-class single women, in the absence of a support system, the notions of home have been

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Experiencing Graduated Intimacies during Lockdown (Fengcheng)

A Reflexive and Comparative Approach to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Urban China

Junjie Chen

-socialist transformations – transformations that are now evolving into full-blown, class-based distinctions ( Anagnost 2008 ). By contrasting ordinary citizens’ confined and stressful daily experiences with those of people who had a variety of privileges regarding access to

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Jonathan Skinner

hear for ‘individual prayer’ 2 – to a bi-weekly online Zoom class. This omniscient scenario reminds me of my reactions to the Montserrat volcano crisis – a disaster in the Caribbean that is still ongoing (July 1995 to present). On the island, there

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Perverse Economies of Intimate and Personal Labour

Resuming Domestic Work in Households after the Lockdown

Pooja Satyogi

atta [flour] dough with her hands? Her hands may be infected. Let automation take care of hygiene this time!’ ( Scroll 2020 ; my emphasis). Following public protests on the Internet for the advertisement's class and caste insinuations, the company

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Porous Bodies

Corporeal Intimacies, Disgust and Violence in a COVID-19 World

Cynthia Sear

create them. This was exemplified by Norbert Elias in The Civilising Process (1994; and qtd in Sear 2020 ). Spitting, Elias described, was once a habit of all classes in Western Europe. Indeed, the practice was thought to be a healthy way to expel

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Legal regimes under pandemic conditions: A comparative anthropology

Geoffrey Hughes

subtly, forms of population management that were once limited to specific (usually classed and racialised) communities have been generalised in the wake of the pandemic – though carceral practices remain (as ever) unequally distributed. White

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Reinforcing Authentic Intimacy?

Relationships between an Escort Boy and His Male Clients in the Spectre of COVID-19 in France

Kostia Lennes

authenticity’ that she defines as an ‘authentic, yet bounded, interpersonal connection’ (2007b: 474) to describe relationships between middle-class female sex workers and their clients. She argues that ‘authentic’ intimacy, beyond sexuality per se, is sought

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Zooming in on COVID

The Intimacies of Screens, Homes and Learning Hierarchies

Adam Roth, Niroshnee Ranjan, Grace King, Shamim Homayun, Rebecca Hendershott, and Simone Dennis

of peering themselves, which is something everyone in the class could appreciate during the lecture in which manifestations of class values were discussed based on Pierre Bourdieu's (1984) Distinction . Taste, in the form of home décor, could be

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The triple-sidedness of “I can't breathe”

The COVID-19 pandemic, enslavement, and agro-industrial capitalism

Don Nonini

of England, which pooled investments from Europe's finest old and new upper classes to buy the lucrative bonds issued by the Association ( Baptist 2014: 245–248 ). Monocropping of plants and animals, the simplification and degradation of local and

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Michael Herzfeld

2017 ). These impoverished ex-farmers have a powerful sense of the moral obligation to support others, also demonstrating a strong sense of mutuality and generosity to each other, which is lacking in the comfortable middle-class urbanites who regard