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Narmala Halstead

law, such as structurally embedded violations. The consent for the emergency rights accorded to the state to act for the greater protection and bio-survival of all occurs alongside certain contestations which also, in dramatic instances, include spaces

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David Owen


This paper considers the implications of COVID for open borders. It notes that while COVID concerns do not directly challenge arguments for open borders, the pandemic has revealed two more general phenomena that are salient for such arguments. The first concerns the increasing unmooring of legal borders from physical spaces and the interaction of surveillance and identification technologies with this process. The second addresses the issue of interdependency and the potentially negative implications of open borders if not underpinned by a global basic structure.

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COVID-19 as method

Managing the ubiquity of waste and waste-collectors in India

Tridibesh Dey

public space. This regime of exception and prioritisation of practice does not necessarily translate into prioritised public protection of the physical and social health of waste workers. Several news reports ( Chakravorty 2020 ) testify to the lack of

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Jodi Dean

threat of losing their unemployment insurance. The economy was shut down for some doctors and nurses as profiting-making elective surgeries were postponed to make space for COVID-19 patients. It was not shut down for frontline medical personnel forced to

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Asma Abbas

the contained not-yet-symptomatic body—or is it the phenomenology of a failed idea of shelter, or home, or place—that it coil ups, refusing to fill up space, or takes the distance so seriously that doesn't even will voice to scale it? Perhaps unsure

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

democracy visible opens space for more substantive consideration of how these equalities and inequities cut across the axes of race, gender, class, and other constructed categories coimbricated within the legacies of coloniality. Subsequently, we explore

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Ethnographic witnessing

Or, hope is the first anthropological emotion

Carole McGranahan

do so given the inequity and oppression in the world ( 2003: 139 ). Ethnographic witnessing is a commitment to illuminate the dark spaces between the certain and the uncertain, and in so doing to shine a light on human possibility rather than on hate

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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

pandemic provided a test of how well these different systems have fared, which opens up a space to reflect on how democratic politics in an emergency should be conducted in the future. This is a pressing challenge given the expected increased frequency of

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Visceral non-presence

Ethnography in the age of COVID

Jessica Brinkworth, Korinta Maldonado, Ellen Moodie, and Gilberto Rosas

, on the social relations that lend to its spread, on the senses of embodied space in which breath and droplets and aerosols are shared, this is no small loss. As we debated ethnographic possibilities and research risks – speaking through the safety

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Barbara Prainsack

, childcare facilities, and schools. Amid these difficult times, politicians and public and social media highlighted a note of hope: People really look out for each other, we heard. We saw signs posted in virtual and physical spaces by people offering their