Care Labour and Isolation in Italy: New Ethical Challenges Part Two

FRANCESCO DIODATI In the last post, I wrote about the effects of the COVID-19 emergency on elderly care in Italy and the new ethical challenges that emerged in one of the most aged countries in the world under the current crisis. I discussed how the main issue has become how to balance the risk of…

Care Labour and Isolation in Italy: New Ethical Challenges Part One

FRANCESCO DIODATI Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, I’ve decided to make a report on the effects of isolation politics on care labour in Italy, starting from the way the new scenario was reshaping my ethnographic research on elder care in Emilia-Romagna. Emilia-Romagna is one of the northern regions most affected by contagion and…

Covid-19 in Brazil: Politics and Society

LORRAN LIMA The first case of COVID-19 in Brazil was registered on February 24th, 2020. A 61-year-old businessman living in the state of São Paulo was infected after traveling to Italy. On March 16th, the first COVID-19 death, a 62-year-old man, was also registered in the state of São Paulo. The Brazilian Minister of Health…

Lessons for Self-Isolation from Chronically Ill Patients

RITTI SONCCO Since the first cases of Covid-19 were confirmed in the UK, the freedoms of movement, socialisation and conviviality that many of us take for granted have been radically reduced. But for patients who are chronically ill, the social patterns currently dictated by the government are very familiar. My social anthropology research involves fieldwork…

Life Under Quarantine, and now Surveillance: A Dispatch From Greece

ALEXIA LIAKOUNAKOU It’s been more than a week since the Greek government announced that all Greeks are required to isolate at home. On 13th March, the prime minister broadcast a formal address in which he ordered the temporary closure of cafes, restaurants and most other private businesses, urging everyone to stay at home indefinitely. The…

Memoirs From A Month in the Future

LOUIS A G WILKES After finally being let off the plane by a fully suited and booted contagion specialist, my wife and I arrived back in Nanjing, China on the 8th of February. A week prior – at the end of a Spring Festival that will be signified in history as the beginning of this…

COVID-19: We are the ‘underlying conditions’

LUCY NEILAND Repost from Ipsos MORI Ipsos MORI’s award-winning Ethnography Centre of Excellence has been engaging with people who have underlying conditions, exploring how they are adapting to life in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our ethnographers have pulled together an unfiltered view of their stories to develop an empathetic understanding of in-situ behaviours and beliefs….

Coronavirus and Capitalist Realism

ADAM LEON BRISLEY There was something about the images in the press of North American kids defiantly attending “spring break” parties in Miami last week (1) that made me think of a famous quote from Mark Fisher’s Capitalist Realism: “it is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism”. (2)…

Coronavirus- Is this our Microbiopolitical Moment?

DARREN OLLERTON Despite following the early emergence of coronavirus with zeal — a combination of intellectual intrigue and morbid fascination with the science fiction potential of pandemic — it took me some time to fully digest the wholesale impact of the current contagion. I can’t deny that this may also have been somewhat facilitated by…

Same Virus, Different Temporalities: Anticipations From Mexico

LAURA MONTESI 21st of March – Oaxaca, Mexico – Day 5 of voluntary quarantine It’s the 21st of March and the official epidemiological record in Mexico reports 203 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 606 suspicious cases, and 2 deaths. Compared with the 47,021 cases of people detected with SARS-Cov-2 in Italy or the 19,980 in Spain…

Coronavirus and Social Isolation: 16 Insights from Digital Anthropology

GEORGIANA MURARIU Repost from Anthropology of Smartphones and Smart Ageing We recently conducted nine 16 month studies on the use of smartphones by older people, which is the main source of insights here. You can read more about the project here. Additional insights are also drawn from Daniel Miller’s The Comfort of People (Polity, 2017), a…

Connections During Coronavirus: From Cuba to Brazil

CLAUDIA FONSECA It hit us with unexpected suddenness, just as it did most other people.  José and I had been taking the public buses all that week of the Medical Anthropology conference in Cuba.  We’d chosen to stay in our private hostel, located in a working-class district near the center of Havana instead of going…

COVID-19 in Cuba: Some Reflections At The Beginning Of The Crisis.

SAHRA GIBBON I have just returned from the Society for Medical Anthropology meeting in Havana which went ahead just days before the bans and restrictions on travel intensified. Going to Cuba after nearly a 12 year absence was not only an opportunity to reflect personally on the changes that have happened there since my last…