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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

the traditional New Year's Eve festivities – the Chinese state imposed a ‘lockdown’ ( fengcheng ) in Wuhan, a metropolis with a population of 11-million-plus in Hubei Province in central China, in order to quarantine an outbreak of COVID-19. As the

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Peter Merriman

molecular. 1 Mobility is, I would argue, ubiquitous—even during government lockdowns 2 —but this is not to say that movements are uniform, uncontrollable, or purposeless. 3 Different movements and mobilities possess different qualities, speeds, and are

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Banhishikha Ghosh

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected diverse sections of the Indian population, predominantly those in working-class professions. To curtail and counteract the pandemic, a nationwide lockdown was commenced on 24 March 2020. The pandemic has

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‘It's Like Waking Up in the Library’

How an International Student Dorm in Copenhagen Became a Closed Circuit during COVID-19

Brian McGahey

On 11 March 2020, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that Denmark would become the second country in Europe to enter lockdown. This article examines how this lockdown has affected international students living in an international

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Haptic Mediations

Intergenerational Kinship in the Time of COVID-19

Bob Simpson

In recent months, two new words have acquired widespread use in Anglophone worlds: ‘lockdown’ and ‘social distancing’. The former refers to prolonged confinement, usually in the home, and the latter to a self-imposed cordon sanitaire of between

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

Rebecca Irons

something so ordinary and transparent in everyday life’ (1992: 116). This article seeks to address this issue as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic and the social phenomenon of global lockdown through introducing the concept of Quarantime. As highlighted

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Left Behind by COVID-19

Experiences of “Left-Behind” Girls in Rural China

Jue Wang

social norms and inequalities. This study was motivated by my desire to learn about the challenges that rural “left-behind” girls were experiencing during lockdown and by my concern that some traditional rural child-rearing approaches that put girls at

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Michael Herzfeld

do is focus on what I know. That is what real experts do. There is, were one willing to face it, a direct link between the intimacy of lockdown and its attendant inconveniences and advantages on the one hand, and, on the other, the intimacy of a

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Familial Intimacy and the ‘Thing’ between Us

Cuddle Curtains and Desires for Detached Relationality in Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Andreas Streinzer, Almut Poppinga, Carolin Zieringer, Anna Wanka, and Georg Marx

of affection, cuddling and chuckling sparked hope amongst many that familial hugs could once again return during the strict lockdowns in these countries (DACH), 1 which were the countries that our project aimed to study. 2 Fears about the End of

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Reinforcing Authentic Intimacy?

Relationships between an Escort Boy and His Male Clients in the Spectre of COVID-19 in France

Kostia Lennes

During the lockdown decreed by most Western European countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some attention has been paid to sex workers’ situation in mainstream media. There were also numerous initiatives to raise funds and provide moral