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Practising Intimate Labour

Birth Doulas Respond during COVID-19

Angela N. Castañeda and Julie Johnson Searcy

articulate the cost of this disruption to families as they face impossible choices: I've witnessed the absolute terror that families are feeling. Even my home birth clients are terrified that they will have to transfer [to the hospital] at some point and

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Islamic Biopolitics during Pandemics in Russia

Intertextuality of Religious, Medical and Political Discourses

Sofya A. Ragozina

recognised the priority of the state in establishing rules for managing COVID-19 and adopted a position of absolute compromise. In March, certain leaders in their speeches emphasised that the mosques were closed earlier than the Orthodox churches and without

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Constructing the Not-So-New Normal

Ambiguity and Familiarity in Governmental Regulations of Intimacies during the Pandemic

Dmitry Kurnosov and Anna Varfolomeeva

being subject to near absolute state discretion, a position usually reserved for marginalised groups. The hospitalisation procedure underscored both the ambiguity of the situation and our perceived ‘otherness’ as ‘human monsters’. We were told to

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Banhishikha Ghosh

representations and the cultivation of normative ideas of bodily presentations across spaces. Although they are never absolute, gender binaries tend to be idealised ( Geller 2009 ). 4 Intimacy in this context is defined as ‘the state of being personally intimate

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Narmala Halstead

). That the absolute positions can over-rely on stated boundaries – as demarcated rights emerges in the example of Islamic mercy in Iran as akin to human rights in views of corresponding practices, ingrained in the country's ‘1,400-year-old Muslim identity

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

are ‘subject to near absolute state discretion’, and where intimacies between doctors and patients are strictly regulated or absent. Put together, the articles by Chen, Colas, and Kurnosov and Varfolomeeva shed important comparative light – in these

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The Case of Pakistan

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Perceived Well-Being of Displaced Households

Fariya Hashmat, Ahmad Nawaz, Tony Bradley, and Asad Ghalib

This article represents a qualitative investigation of the vulnerabilities of displaced households in Pakistan caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The analyses are conducted through the lens of social quality theory and the social quality approach according to four societal dimensions that condition household life chances. Our findings reveal that these households reflect a reversal of the sustainable development cycle. They are at risk of being economically unstable, being unable to gain new skills, falling into absolute poverty, increased morbidity rates, and disrupted education. The most severe form of deprivation is the disruption of their networks of social cohesion, leading to greater isolation and marginalization; this is especially true for women and children. The Pakistani government must take immediate and substantive action to improve the situations of these most vulnerable of households.

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Trending Transfers

A Decade of New Mobility Studies through the Lens of Transmodality, Transnationalism, and Transdisciplinarity

Gijs Mom

absolute lockdown, together with the rest of Spain. I knew what this meant as I had watched in awe how Wuhan, two months after I had come back from a fellowship at Shanghai University, had been isolated from the rest of China. 1 Spain's version was the