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Shobita Parthasarathy

, delivering our packages, and farming and processing our food, not to mention working in our hospitals. The pandemic has even exposed how the public policies that seem the most objective maintain and reinforce inequalities. In this short article, I focus on

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

, neighbors are again called on to provide essentials: shopping for food and medicine or offering advice on technology to children struggling with remote schooling. Improvisation may give way to organized volunteerism by neighbors using networking and social

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Jodi Dean

contact with a person beyond the immediate household could be life-threatening, people thought of basic activities like shopping for groceries as a matter of life and death. As the economic crisis deepened, the availability of food and continuity of

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Marcos S. Scauso, Garrett FitzGerald, Arlene B. Tickner, Navnita Chadha Behera, Chengxin Pan, Chih-yu Shih, and Kosuke Shimizu

compounded through colonial encounters ( Rivera 2015 ; Méndez 2018 ). In the midst of COVID-19, gendered hierarchies often exacerbate material inequalities and create disproportionate impacts upon women around issues of employment, food security, risks of

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Louise Haagh

. OECD , Paris . Ramesh , R. 2010 . “ No Anti-Junk Food Laws, Health Secretary Promises ,” The Guardian , July 7 . Rawls , John . 1971 . A Theory Of Justice . Oxford

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Barbara Prainsack

help other EU-countries through the COVID-19 crisis. Forty percent believed that Austria should be allowed to forbid the export of essential goods such as food, drugs, and protective equipment—while only 25 percent believe that other countries should be

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Babies and Boomers

Intergenerational Democracy and the Political Epidemiology of COVID-19

Toby Rollo

In 1996, then US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright, appeared for an interview on 60 Minutes where she was asked about the wisdom of US sanctions against Iraq, which withheld food and medicine and resulted in a public health crisis that

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Milja Kurki

yet just because we are scared by the surprising fragility of our social and political order, we also cannot ignore the virus: we must learn to live with it. And this, as we are learning, changes how we metabolize the world, oil, food, social systems

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Centralized or Decentralized

Which Governance Systems are Having a “Good” Pandemic?

Jennifer Gaskell and Gerry Stoker

, a small village with 900 inhabitants in the canton of Valais, decided to call each of the 110 households with a resident over the age of 65 to arrange food and medicine deliveries ( Pauchard 2020 ). In Geneva, the immediate focus was on job security

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Simon Tormey and Jean-Paul Gagnon

bees and ants, they’re doing it usually because they’ve found a major food source or because they’re wintering and need to rely on each other to keep their homes both warm and clean. But these collectivist animals are not only creatures of the swarm