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From social distancing to social containment: reimagining sociality for the coronavirus pandemic

Long, Nicholas J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4088-1661 (2020) From social distancing to social containment: reimagining sociality for the coronavirus pandemic. Medicine Anthropology Theory. ISSN 2405-691X (Submitted)

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Abstract

This essay develops an anthropological critique of ‘social distancing’. While the 2020 coronavirus pandemic requires us to reconfigure our established forms of sociality, ‘distancing’ or ‘locking down’ is not the only way this can be done. It carries high costs and is not easily sustainable long-term. We must therefore imagine new ways of living and socialising alongside each other whilst simultaneously containing the spread coronavirus. I call this strategy one of ‘social containment’, and offer some hypothetical and ethnographic examples of how it can be done.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.medanthrotheory.org/
Additional Information: © 2020 The Author
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2020 17:42
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2020 23:31
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/103801

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