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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo

During the lockdown, I started perceiving cash as a potentially infected entity, carrying the virus on its surface. This article explores the trajectories and implications of this modified perspective on money by merging different levels of analysis. The attempt to grasp both the social and material significance of this ‘object’ will resound in personal anecdotes from my house. The self-ethnographic approach accounts also for the intimate feelings and the new gaze on money produced within me; the enthusiasm for imagining an economy driven by different rules; nostalgia for the activities I used to pay for; anxieties caused by this unprecedented health crisis; and my curiosity to observe how relationships with people and things have changed. The need to share experiences as a political statement and the desire to put fears and hopes into words guide my work.

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Ulrike Guérot and Michael Hunklinger

European Union—in contrast to goods in the European single market and money in the euro area—are not equal before law is highly problematic. In the EU, the citizens are essentially addressed either only as consumers or employees, but not as citizens. The

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American Quarantine

The Right to Housing in a Pandemic

Bonnie Honig

build a new ship? What would we want it to look like? Such thoughts are almost always stopped in the US with a single question: But where will we find the money for that ? Here, too, the emergency of the current pandemic has been instructive, if we

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Jodi Dean

. Many of those willing to come out in the streets to protest in the midst of a global pandemic that had confined them to their homes for months and weeks had nothing else to do and nothing else to lose. Out of work, out of money, and out of patience with

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Shobita Parthasarathy

and unable to manage the disproportionate health impacts of the virus among people of color, especially Black communities. The NIH, the world's largest public funder of biomedical research, devotes little money to this subject. One analysis found that

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Barbara Prainsack

al. 2020a ). Those with lower levels of formal education have been hit harder by job losses, and those who had little money before the crisis had even less during it. Adults living with children faced more conflicts than before the crisis, and while

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Louise Haagh

—as a crisis measure illustrates dilemmas we face. A UBI represents in theory a permanent shared institution of money and is a fundamental democratic innovation in that sense. As a form of institutionalized stability of income with the potential to

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Democracy in a Global Emergency

Five Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Afsoun Afsahi, Emily Beausoleil, Rikki Dean, Selen A. Ercan, and Jean-Paul Gagnon

raise money for health and care institutions, seemed to confirm these hopes for renewed solidarity. However, as Barbara Prainsack shows (this issue), these informal, interpersonal forms of solidarity can be quite fragile. Her weekly Austrian panel survey

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“If the coronavirus doesn’t kill us, hunger will”

Regional absenteeism and the Wayuu permanent humanitarian crisis

Claudia Puerta Silva, Esteban Torres Muriel, Roberto Carlos Amaya Epiayú, Alicia Dorado González, Fatima Epieyú, Estefanía Frías Epinayú, Álvaro Ipuana Guariyü, Miguel Ramírez Boscán, and Jakeline Romero Epiayú

1970s and 1980s because they reduced the distance, time, and money needed to reach the commercial cities to find jobs, purchase food and other goods, or visit family. The main cities connected by these traditional roads were Rosario de Perijá, Machique