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Latin America and COVID-19

Political Rights and Presidential Leadership to the Test

Brigitte Weiffen

The COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Latin America at a moment when democracy was already sailing in treacherous waters. According to the Varieties of Democracy data, the region's democracies have seen an erosion of political liberties, the protection

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Milja Kurki

global body politik, and in some academic literatures, but which have remained on the sidelines of social and political science scholarship pre-coronavirus. I will suggest that in the current predicament it is useful to think more carefully on how we

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Babies and Boomers

Intergenerational Democracy and the Political Epidemiology of COVID-19

Toby Rollo

-being would be sacrificed to advance a political goal is nothing new. Such has been the fate of millions of enslaved and exploited children long before and since this particular public health disaster. Today, the ways in which such political priorities

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COVID and the Era of Emergencies

What Type of Freedom is at Stake?

Danielle Celermajer and Dalia Nassar

In the midst of the pandemic, peer-reviewed, scholarly material has yet to appear. Nevertheless, the main contours of the political theoretical debate are already becoming apparent. Numerous theorists and civil society organizations have expressed

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Ethnographic witnessing

Or, hope is the first anthropological emotion

Carole McGranahan

part of my life shifted, one aspect remained constant: the emails continued. Each week, and sometimes more than once, I received a request to serve as an expert witness in US political asylum cases for Nepali and Tibetan applicants. This is work I

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The Democracy of Everyday Life in Disaster

Holding Our Lives in Their Hands

Nancy L. Rosenblum

Neighbors inhabit a distinct social sphere. After we take account of organized political life, work, voluntary associations, social circles, friends, and family, there is this remainder. Its importance owes to the depth and intensity of interests

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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

closings, new forms of social welfare provision, or contact tracing (see Hale et al. 2020 ). Media, traditional and digital, old and new, have also been engaged in a mass public comparative politics to scrutinize these interventions. There has rarely been

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Asma Abbas

preposterous inability even of the US left to grasp the state's political pathologies this way is only a reflection of their own, as we are made to swallow all their questions and all their answers, and take marching orders when they yell crisis—as if there are

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Peter Levine

kinds of bolder claims seem irresponsible. I should first say that I am friendly to theory. My graduate work was in philosophy, and I treasure political thought that is openly abstract and normative rather than purely empirical—as if empirical claims

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

modern sewerage systems. In what follows, I draw on ethnographic research, conducted discontinuously over five years (2015–2019), around municipal solid waste management (MSWM), and the political ecology of informal plastic recycling in the city of