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Law, Humanities and the COVID Crisis

An interdisciplinary analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic bringing law into dialogue with the humanities.

While there has been an abundance of scientific works on the COVID-19 crisis, there has been relatively little research to date from the humanities. This striking new book seeks to address the immediacy of COVID-19 by focusing on the implications of the virus in a wider interdisciplinary context—through the lens of the law, history, ethics, technology, economics, and gender studies.

From Europe to South America, Asia, and beyond, Law, Humanities and the Covid Crisis sets out a framework for understanding the COVID-19 virus beyond its epidemiological constraints, asking us to question the very definition of what it means to be human. Researchers from around the world offer their critical reflections on the past, present, and future of this period of socio-cultural upheaval and the tremendous suffering that has laid bare fundamental imbalances in our society. Featuring essays on public welfare versus private interest, violence against women, mask compliance, conspiracy theories, and national security laws, this book is a significant contribution to understanding our new “post-COVID” landscape, and the future yet to come.

306 pages | 5 halftones, 2 graphs | 6 1/4 x 9 1/4

OBserving Law

Culture Studies

Law and Legal Studies: Law and Society

Political Science: Public Policy

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Table of Contents

Carl F. Stychin

1. Public Interest or Social Need? Reflections on the Pandemic, Technology and the Law
Dimitrios Kivotidis

2. COVID, Commodification and Conspiracism
David M. Seymour

3. Counting the Dead During a Pandemic
Marc Trabsky

4. The Law and the Limits of the Dressed Body: Masking Regulation and the 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic in Australia
Marc De Vitis and David J Carter

5. Walls and Bridges: Framing Lockdown through Metaphors of Imprisonment and Fantasies of Escape
David Gurnham

6. Penal Response and Biopolitics in the time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Indonesian Experience
Harison Citrawan and Sabrina Nadilla

7. The Pandemic and Two Ships
Renisa Mawani and Mikki Stelder

8. Women, Violence and Protest in times of COVID-19
Kim Barker and Olga Jurasz

9. COVID-19 and the Legal Regulation of Working Families
Nicole Busby and Grace James

10. Law, Everyday Spaces and Objects, and Being Human
Jill Marshall

11. Pandemic, Humanities and The Legal Imagination of The Disaster
Valerio Nitrato Izzo

12. Prospects for Recovery in Brazil: Deweyan Democracy, the Legacy of Fernando Cardoso and the Obstruction of Jair Bolsonaro
Frederic R Kellogg, George Browne Rego and Pedro Spindola B Alves

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