PART I: The Racial-Political Economy of COVID-19

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The speed and force with which COVID-19 spread across the globe caught governments and public health authorities utterly unprepared. Despite their initial belief that the pandemic would be ‘an equalizer’, infection and death rates proved disastrously higher along the hierarchies of race, gender, class, age, disability, religion, caste and sexuality, North/South among other relations of power.

This book brings into focus the socio-economic relationalities that link national and global communities, yet are overlooked in current public health debates. The authors study the devastating effects of this neglect on the uneven distribution of viral risk and death across populations. Going beyond the immediate concerns of the moment, they raise troubling questions about the world that will emerge from the pandemic. The book demonstrates that the COVID-19 pandemic is not only deepening, but actually transforming the forms of racial citizenship and gendered inequalities that shape our research sites.

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