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COVID-19, Terrorism, and Conspiracy Plot: Everyone Is Guilty Until Proven Innocent

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COVID-19 is reaffirming the tendency of nation-states to find imaginary enemies when hit with a crisis—enemies to whom its origins and perpetuation could be attributed. This is needed for their unity and survival. However, a strong and serious global pandemic like COVID-19 would need the identification of strong and serious enemies. This is a dangerous proposition if taken to anywhere beyond rhetoric. China is identified as the antagonist; yet, a real confrontation with China would cause more harm than what COVID-19 might cause. It is essential that we lead the world toward a new war, “against a virus”. This chapter reflects the problem of hospitality, as strongly associated with conspiracy novels and detective stories, while it places the works of Jacques Derrida, David Kelman, and Luc Boltanski under the critical lens of scrutiny. Literature offers a fertile ground to understand the intersection of postmodern capitalism, mobilities, and hospitality.

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Korstanje, M.E., George, B. (2021). COVID-19, Terrorism, and Conspiracy Plot: Everyone Is Guilty Until Proven Innocent. In: Mobility and Globalization in the Aftermath of COVID-19. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78845-2_7

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