During this time of global crisis, we have decided to turn our attention to COVID-19, focussing specifically on the sociological responses/implications of the epidemic. Below are the readings we focus on each week. We aim to provide a space where diverse viewpoints are heard, and carry equal weight. We try to keep debate grounded in the material provided and usually chose the following readings according to the direction of discussion.
If would like to join please contact Ginny Russell firstname.lastname@example.org A longer reading list on the topic of coronavirus is also being compiled by various academics and people in the sector. The full list is available here:
Ferguson et al. (2020) Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID- 19 mortality and healthcare demand. Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team. BBC News article criticising Ferguson paper above on modelling: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51979654
Sadati A K, B Lankarani M H, Bagheri Lankarani K. (2020) Risk Society, Global Vulnerability and Fragile Resilience; Sociological View on the Coronavirus Outbreak, Shiraz E-Med J.
Social Contagion: Microbiological Class War in China. Chuăng
Hanage, W. (2020) I’m an epidemiologist. When I heard about Britain’s ‘herd immunity’ coronavirus plan, I thought it was satire. Guardian 15th March 2020
Johnstone, L. (2020) Why it’s healthy to be afraid in a crisis. Guardian 25th March 2020.
In response to: Daley, P. (2020) We face a pandemic of mental health disorders. Those who do it hardest need our support. Guardian 24th March.
Racism is the root cause of ethnic inequities during covid-19. Discover Society, 17th April 2020.
Taylor, K. (2020) The Black Plague. The New Yorker, 16th April 2020.
Caduff, C. (2020) What Went Wrong: Corona and the world after the full stop.
Nik Brown’s recent book Immunitary Life – please get in touch with Courtney if you would like access to this reading.
Greenhalgh et al (2020) Face masks for the public during the COVID-19 crisis.
Friedman (2020) Face masks are in: What the US can learn from East Asia about face masks. The Atlantic.
Independent SAGE Report 2. Should schools reopen? Interim findings and concerns.
Leonard (2016) The sociology of children, childhood and generation.
Jerreat (2020) ‘Coronavirus – the new scapegoat for media censorship, rights groups say‘
Williams (2020) ‘We often accuse the right of distorting science. But the left changed the coronavirus narrative overnight.’
Callard (2020) Very, very mild: Covid-19 symptoms and illness classification.
Greco (2012) The classification and nomenclature of ‘medically unexplained symptoms’: Conflict, performativity and critique
For those particularly interested in this topic, there are some optional extras:
- Yong (2020) COVID-19 can last for for several months
- Dumit (2006) Illnesses you have to fight to get: Facts as forces in uncertain, emergent illnesses
Mel Salm (2020) Anthropocene Diseased: A Provocation
Naomi Klein (2020) ‘We must not return to the pre-Covid status quo, only worse‘ The Guardian.
Gruber, J. et al. (2020) Mental Health and Clinical Psychological Science in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges, Opportunities, and a Call to Action. American Psychologist.
Rose, N. (2020) The social underpinnings of mental distress in the time of COVID-19 – time for urgent action. Wellcome Open Research.
This weeks discussion will be around different scientific responses to the covid-19 pandemic. In particular, we will be thinking about the following:
- The Great Barrington declaration which calls for community transmission and protection of the vulnerable (they call it focussed protection). This video shows scientists getting questioned on this view.
- The John Snow memorandum plus associated Lancet article which calls for short term lockdown/tighter restrictions, released in reaction to above.