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The Case of Germany

Civil Society and Civic Activism in the Pandemic

Susann Worschech

Has the pandemic weakened civil society and hindered activism and volunteering due to long-lasting restrictions and bans on meetings, protests, and the like? Or have civil society actors been able to respond to these fundamental changes? This is explored here in the case of Germany. Neither weakness nor strength can be deemed a clear outcome of the pandemic for civil society, but different levels of resilience mark opportunities for civil society to overcome the pandemic. Resilience also affects democracy; therefore, the development of civil society during and after the pandemic is investigated in terms of how it has influenced democracy in Germany. This article is based on findings on civic activism resulting from long-term surveys and volunteering conducted prior to the pandemic, together with present and preliminary observations.

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Familial Intimacy and the ‘Thing’ between Us

Cuddle Curtains and Desires for Detached Relationality in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Andreas Streinzer, Almut Poppinga, Carolin Zieringer, Anna Wanka, and Georg Marx

video was Antony Cauvin, the creator of what the media termed ‘the cuddle curtain’, and his creation and hug was shared hundreds of thousands of times ( Cauvin 2020 ). Our research team members observed in Austria, Germany and Switzerland how the display

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Editorial Introduction

The Cases of Germany and the United Kingdom

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

In the following studies, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the resilience of communities and the formation of civic activism in Germany and the United Kingdom is analyzed and discussed. In the German study, the expected impact on existing volunteer organizations is explored. In the UK study, by analyzing quantitative data pertaining to (about the determinants of ) different categories of mutual aid groups (MAGs) interpretations are made concerning resilience, agility, and civic activist potentialities.

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Editorial Introduction

The Cases of Pakistan and the United States

Harry G. J. Nijhuis and Laurent J.G. van der Maesen

The two case studies of Part IV are based on interviews with poor, disadvantaged families in Lahore (Pakistan) and Cincinnati (United States). These analyses in the sociocultural and welfare dimension address the subjective experiences of how the lockdowns resulting from COVID-19 impacted the quality of the circumstances of their daily lives. The analyses of Part III primarily also were oriented around the sociocultural and welfare dimension. They, among others, regarded the impact of the pandemic on community resilience and agency in the United Kingdom and Germany to sustain supportive networks in their respective “civil societies.” By also exploring political “civic activism” and the impact on “democratic resilience,” the observations and discussions here though have become primarily focused on the sociopolitical and legal dimension.

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Tourism and COVID-19

Intimacy Transformed or Intimacy Interrupted?

Hazel Andrews

and Couzens 2020 ) An analogous scenario is unfolding across the Bay of Palma in the German-dominated resort of S'Arenal, which has a similar party scene to that of Magaluf with the infamous Ballermann (the name given to the main party place of S

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Physically Distant – Socially Intimate

Reflecting on Public Performances of Resistance in a Pandemic Situation

Marion Hamm

daily life, a commitment grounded in a radical history. Jane and Yonka grew up and studied in Germany, and work in Austria. For Jane, the Partisans, their history and those who remember them are part of her chosen daily life in Italy. She is acutely

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Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins

lacquer an intimately scored socio-spatial terrain. Of course, epidemiological nationalism did not emerge everywhere, nor everywhere in the same ways. From the role of German Bundesländer to targeted restrictions on certain cities and regions, many

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Andrew Dawson

Second World War comparisons that have been aplenty in the United Kingdom ( Tisdall 2020 ), it appears akin to Germany's pathetic gesture of air dropping medals to its supply-starved soldiers on the Eastern Front. Surely health-care workers need PPEs more

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Michael Alexander Ulfstjerne

Danish-German border region, from which is derived songs with more militant and nationalist prose, some of which are slowly effaced year by year while new songs are added. The resurfacing of the Songbook has many merits. I agree. But rituals or the

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Spatio-Temporal Translations

Practices of Intimacy under Absence

Erica Baffelli and Frederik Schröer

situations like these that the utter helplessness of distance is the most terrible. In the matter of a few days, both countries where we live (Germany and the United Kingdom) went into lockdown, schools closed, our institutions shut down and teaching was