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We are living in a moment of global chaos. Chaos does not mean the complete absence of some kind of order, but suggests a level of turbulence, fragility and contemporary geopolitical uncertainty in the face of multiple ‘global risks’ and possible destinations. Unpredictability and instability become the norm. This refers not only to greater volatility in the face of threats, but also to the dynamics of political forces and contemporary capitalism. The world order that emerged with the fall of the Berlin Wall sought to expand formal democracy in the world (despite how often the major powers destabilized and interrupted it whenever they thought it was necessary) hand in hand with neoliberal globalization, in a kind of ‘global social-liberalism’ (Domingues, 2019). A narrative of global ‘prosperity’ and ‘stability’ was created confining democracy to neoliberal capitalism. This strategy was being challenged even before the pandemic, in light of the prospect that the international market can hold up well even with authoritarian drifts, neo-fascism and constant violations of individual rights.

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Crisis, Solidarity and Change in a Global Pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply shaken societies and lives around the world.

This powerful book reveals how the pandemic intensifies socio-economic problems and inequalities across the world, whilst offering visions for a better future informed by social movements and public sociology. Bringing together experts from 27 countries, the authors explore the global echoes of the pandemic and the different responses adopted by governments, policy makers and activists.

The new expressions of social action, and forms of solidarity and protest are discussed in detail, from the Black Lives Matters protests to the French Strike Movement and the Lebanese Uprising.

This is a unique global commentary on the current crisis and the contemporary world.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put the world on hold during 2020 and 2021. Beyond all macrodimensions, it is a global event that has changed the daily routines and lives of every human being on the planet, with multiple impacts for the future. Billions of people have been confined at different stages. Others, however, can not afford this luxury and continue to work in the health sector, in production, food supply, social work, transport, cleaning and at various other tasks which, although defined as ‘essential services’ in our societies, are not sufficiently recognized and valued. In turn, workers in the informal economy, those living from day to day or those who lost their jobs, have become concerned not only about a virus but also about rapid impoverishment and deterioration of living conditions in a context full of uncertainties.

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