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Covid-19 and the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

Studies of Social Phenomena and Social Theory Across 6 Continents

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Provides an overview of the key dimensions of the emerging research domain of the sociology of pandemics

  • Includes less mainstream approaches, all in reference to the societal response to the coronavirus pandemic

  • Links emerging research to the theories and insights from the sociology of risk and uncertainty

Part of the book series: Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty (CRSTRU)

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Communicating and Interpreting COVID-19 Risk

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-145
    2. COVID-19 in Argentina: Risks, Media, and Fears in Confinement Times

      • Brenda Focás, Esteban Zunino
      Pages 191-216
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 323-332

About this book

This book provides a global perspective on COVID-19, taking the heterogenous realities of the pandemic into account. Contributions are rooted in critical social science studies of risk and uncertainty and characterized by theoretical approaches such as cultural theory, risk society theory, governmentality perspectives, and many important insights from ‘southern’ theories.

Some of the chapters in the book have a more theoretical-conceptual emphasis, while others are more empirically oriented – but all chapters engage in an insightful dialogue between the theoretical and the empirical, in order to develop a rich, diverse and textured picture of the new challenge the world is facing and responding to. Addressing multiple levels of responses to the coronavirus, as understood in terms of, institutional and governance policies, media communication and interpretation, and the sense-making and actions of individual citizens in their everyday lives, the book brings together a diverse range of studies from across 6 continents. These chapters are connected by a common emphasis on applying critical theoretical approaches which help make sense of, and critique, the responses of states, organisations and individuals to the social phenomena emerging amid the Corona pandemic.

Keywords

  • Coronavirus
  • Sociology of Risk
  • Risk society theory
  • societal response
  • pandemic
  • post-truth

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Patrick R. Brown

  • School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

    Jens O. Zinn

About the editors

Patrick Brown is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Editor of the international journal Health, Risk & Society.

Jens O. Zinn is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Melbourne, President of the Thematic group Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty of the International Sociological Association, and Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Covid-19 and the Sociology of Risk and Uncertainty

  • Book Subtitle: Studies of Social Phenomena and Social Theory Across 6 Continents

  • Editors: Patrick R. Brown, Jens O. Zinn

  • Series Title: Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-95167-2

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-95166-5

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-95167-2

  • Series ISSN: 2523-7268

  • Series E-ISSN: 2523-7276

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 332

  • Number of Illustrations: 17 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Sociology of Culture, Sociological Theory, Health, Medicine and Society, Political Sociology

Buying options

eBook USD 119.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-95167-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 159.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)