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Introduction This chapter provides a concise overview of the COVID-19 pandemic. By drawing on the extensive news output and published scientific reports, the aim is to explain what a coronavirus is, to identify the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to provide an international overview of the way the disease spread so rapidly across the world. Attention then turns to consider the performance of UK central government. A final section considers the main features of the COVID-19 pandemic, and identifies some of the key policy issues that the disease now

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A Critical Blueprint for the Social Sciences

In challenging social science’s established orthodoxies, this first in a series of books is a call for its disciplines to embrace new theoretical paradigms and research methods to better understand the reality of life in a post-COVID world.

By offering a detailed insight into the harmful effects of neoliberalism before the pandemic, as well as the intervallic period the world is currently living through, the authors show how it is more important than ever for social science to evolve and take a leading role in contextualising the biggest crisis of the 21st century.

This is a critical blueprint for ongoing debates about the COVID-19 pandemic and alternative modes of research.

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Chapter objectives To identify and discuss challenges presented by COVID-19 to groups and communities in Wales. To describe how Welsh Government and Welsh communities responded to the crisis, identifying key features of ‘the Welsh way’. To outline key messages for social work practice. Introduction There is a paucity of relevant literature on the impacts of and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales. This may be because proximity to England tends to lead to the de-emphasis of the unique history and profile of Wales. In discussing a

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Global Policies, Narratives and Practices
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The past 30 years have seen risk become a major field of study, most recently with the COVID-19 pandemic positioning it at the centre of public awareness, yet there is limited understanding of how risk can and should be used in policy making.

This book provides an accessible guide to the key elements of risk in policy making, including its role in rhetoric to legitimise decisions and choices.

Using risk as a framework, it examines how policy makers in a range of countries responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and explains why some were more successful than others.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a severe and unprecedented impact on the health and wellbeing of people around the world. In a matter of weeks (and sometimes days), long-established ways of doing, being, becoming and belonging have been forced to rapidly transform to adapt to new community standards. While similar disruptions have occurred previously in the context of local events (such as war or natural disaster), they have never occurred on a global scale before. Our health and wellbeing is directly impacted upon by participation in the activities of daily

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The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic is resulting in unforeseen social and economic disruption, globally and locally. The rapid and unprecedented nature of the crisis requires the collection of contemporaneous research data. The disruptive nature of the pandemic produces practical challenges and methodological dilemmas for collecting suitable social science research data. In this chapter, we outline the problems, issues and opportunities associated with collecting research data using social surveys in this time of crisis. There is a long history of using social

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Key messages Based on retrospective questions and a within-pandemic panel, the gender gap in political participation increased slightly in Germany during the COVID-19 pandemic. The unequal impact of the pandemic on women’s economic and social status tends to translate into unequal participation in politics. What we call ‘COVID-19-related’ burdens had a more substantial mobilising effect among men than women. Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic presents a dilemma for civil society. The need for citizens’ involvement has increased to cope with this

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violent uprising. One form of dissidence used by Palestinians in Israel is to voluntarily provide services that are not covered by the state and hence form an independent community ( Eseed, 2017 ). In this article, we study Muslim citizens of Israel who volunteered to assist their compatriots when the state failed to care for them at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. We aim to show how members of the Palestinian minority group took it upon themselves to educate their community, provide basic services and help those who were unconnected to be reconnected. Despite

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Key messages The COVID-19 pandemic is an original form of governmentality by unease. The new COVID-19 approach of many Schengen states was to change their measures from ones which block people from travelling to ones which dissuade people from travelling on account of the consequences. The arena of public health provides opportunities for a wide variety to actors to enter the data collection sphere where their actions face less public resistance because of the variable success of the politics of fear project accompanying state measures to fight the

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Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic has caused historically unprecedented challenges for societies and individuals throughout the world, and has especially affected the situation of informal carers (hereafter, ‘carers’), that is, individuals who provide unpaid care to family members and friends. European countries are among the most advanced in their ageing trajectories, and the majority of older people rely on informal support and care from their relatives and friends ( Colombo et al, 2011 ). Across Europe, 80 per cent of care for older people is provided by

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