COVID-19, Democracies, and (De)Colonialities

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  • 1 Quinnipiac University, USA marcos.scauso@quinnipiac.edu
  • 2 University of Notre Dame, USA fitzgerald.116@nd.edu
  • 3 Universidad de Rosario, Bogotá, Colombia arleneb.tickner@urosario.edu.co
  • 4 University of Delhi, India navnita.behera@gmail.com
  • 5 Deakin University, Australia chengxin.pan@deakin.edu.au
  • 6 National Taiwan University, Taiwan cyshih@ntu.edu.tw
  • 7 Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan shimizu@world.ryukoku.ac.jp

Liberal democracies often include rights of participation, guarantees of protection, and policies that privilege model citizens within a bounded territory. Notwithstanding claims of universal equality for “humanity,” they achieve these goals by epistemically elevating certain traits of identity above “others,” sustaining colonial biases that continue to favor whoever is regarded more “human.” The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated these fault lines, unveiling once more the often-hidden prevalence of inequalities that are based on race, gender, class, ethnicity, and other axes of power and their overlaps. Decolonial theories and practices analyze these othering tendencies and inequalities while also highlighting how sites of suffering sometimes become locations of solidarity and agency, which uncover often-erased alternatives and lessons.

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