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Covidiots and the Clamour of the Virus-as-Question

Some Reflections on Biomedical Culture, Futurity and Finitude

Bryan Lim

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Drawing on my experience with gay men in London who, despite COVID-19-related public health guidelines, continue to meet up and congregate so as to engage in a myriad of sexual (and non-sexual) practices, this article grapples with how an insistence on pre-pandemic intimacies of bodily interactions during a pandemic might prompt us to reconsider our relationship with biomedicine. While these covidiots’ experiments with mortality in the form of dance parties, orgies and casual hook-ups may not be ethically exemplary, this article argues that they are at the very least ethically interesting because they serve as lures through which our other intimacies with temporality, futurity and finitude may be reconsidered.

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Michael Herzfeld

the hitherto unacceptable, politically incorrect ‘everyday ethics’ of the usually silent majority have slipped from secretive locker-room giggles to in-your-face aggression. 4 We watch this unravelling of a hitherto privileged collective intimacy

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Reconfigurations of Domestic Space in Favelas

Brief Reflections on Intimacies and Precariousness

Carolina Parreiras

), Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds ( Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press ). Zelizer , V. ( 2005 ), The Purchase of Intimacy ( Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press ).

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Viral Intimacy and Catholic Nationalist Political Economy

Covid-19 and the Community Response in Rural Ireland

David Whyte

. ( 2017 ), ‘ Eschatology, Ethics, and Ethnos: Ressentiment and Christian Nationalism in the Anthropology of Christianity ’, Religion and Society: Advances in Research 8 : 42 – 61 , doi: 10.3167/arrs.2017.080103 . 10.3167/arrs.2017.080103 Bissett , J

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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

items to her father once a week. The phone conversation between Xiaoyue and the neighbourhood officers was brief. The implications underlying that discussion, however, were rather rich. In Chinese folk ethics, ‘filial piety’ ( xiaoshun ) – reverence

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Andrew Dawson and Simone Dennis

://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/isolation-my-dad-and-me (accessed on 10 August ). Dawson , A. , and B. Goodwin-Hawkins ( 2018 ), ‘ Going with the Flow of Dementia: A Reply to Nigel Rapport on the Social Ethics of Care ’, Australian Journal of Anthropology 29 , no. 2 : 258 – 262 , doi: 10

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Quarantime

Lockdown and the Global Disruption of Intimacies with Routine, Clock Time, and the Intensification of Time-Space Compression

Rebecca Irons

societies, where people necessarily respond to a time other than that of the clock. This underscores the fact that the time reckoning to which we are accustomed is in no way universal, despite the ethics of routine being marked as such ( Bear 2014 ) and is

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Ethnographic witnessing

Or, hope is the first anthropological emotion

Carole McGranahan

country for temporary asylum ’, Social Analysis 59 , no. 1 : 57 – 75 . 10.3167/sa.2015.590104 Critchley , S. ( 2007 ), Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance ( London : Verso ). Daniel , E. V. ( 1996 ), Charred

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A World of Touch in a No-Touch Pandemic

Living with Dementia in a Care Facility during COVID-19

Cristina Douglas

Culture 19 , no. 4 : 425 – 442 , doi: 10.1177/135918351455053 . 10.1177/1359183514555053 Routasalo , P. , and A. Isola ( 1996 ), ‘ The Right to Touch and Be Touched ’ Nursing Ethics 3 , no. 2 : 165 – 176 , doi: 10

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

. 10.1177/0263276412448827 Hawkins , G. ( 2001 ), ‘ Plastic bags: Living with rubbish ’, International Journal of Cultural Studies 4 , no. 1 : 5 – 23 . 10.1177/136787790100400101 Hawkins , G. ( 2006 ), The Ethics of Waste: How We Relate to