Discover Society: The Covid-19 Chronicles

It could happen here

It could happen here

Sophie Harman It couldn’t happen here. A one-off event, at first as big as the 2008 financial crisis, and then equal to if not bigger than the end of the Second World War. Unique in its reach, impact, and cause. Locking [...]

Read more
Lockdown and Eating Out

Lockdown and Eating Out

Jennifer Whillans, Jessica Paddock and Alan Warde We are told that nothing is normal, that ‘Lockdown’ has overturned life as we know it. However, beyond the apocalyptic narrative there is much speculation about what might become the ‘new normal’. One of [...]

Read more
Culture at home during lockdown

Culture at home during lockdown

David Wright The closure of galleries, theatres, cinemas and music venues through the Covid-19 crisis has placed a significant part of the UK’s cultural economy in peril. It has also been something of a boon to other parts of this economy, [...]

Read more
The biopolitics of pandemic citizenship

The biopolitics of pandemic citizenship

Adil Hossain Last year in December when the Indian government passed the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (or CAA) in Parliament and proposed a pan-Indian National Register of Citizens (NRC) it fundamentally changed the character of citizenship for Indian Muslims. Where the [...]

Read more
The virus is the police

The virus is the police

James Trafford  As Britain prepared for lockdown amidst a discourse underpinned by militarised nationalism, we witnessed calls for hugely expanded police powers from across the political spectrum. This desire for increased policing was backed-up with police hotlines and “snooper” forms overwhelmed [...]

Read more