Social Movements and Politics during COVID-19

Crisis, Solidarity and Change in a Global Pandemic

Edited by Breno Bringel and Geoffrey Pleyers


Jul 11, 2022

Page count

318 pages





Bristol University Press


Jul 11, 2022

Page count

318 pages




234 x 156 mm


Bristol University Press


Jul 11, 2022

Page count

318 pages





Bristol University Press
Social Movements and Politics during COVID-19
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The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply shaken societies and lives around the world.

This powerful book reveals how the pandemic has intensified 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 Matter protests to the French Strike Movement and the Lebanese Uprising.

This is a unique global analysis on the current crisis and the contemporary world and its outcomes.

“A fascinating collection of engaged research on the sociological impact of COVID-19 – and on how social movements around the world are responding, challenging states and imagining alternative futures.” Laurence Cox, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

“Ranging across the globe, this is an invaluable account of the way COVID-19 expresses and amplifies crises and inequalities through movements and counter-movements. It offers diagnoses and future scenarios for our endangered human species.” Michael Burawoy, University of California, Berkeley

Breno Bringel is Professor of Sociology at Rio de Janeiro State University and President of the International Sociological Association Research Committee on Social Classes and Social Movements.

Geoffrey Pleyers is FNRS Professor at the University of Louvain and Vice-President for Research of the International Sociological Association.

Introduction - Breno Bringel & Geoffrey Pleyers

Part 1: COVID-19 Governance, Politics and the Ambivalence of States

Chapter 1. Corona Governance: State Expansion, Capitalist Resilience, and Democracy - Pauli Huotari and Teivo Teivainen

Chapter 2. Three Political Regimes, Three Responses to the Coronavirus Crisis - Jean De Munck

Chapter 3. Universal Social Protection Floors: a Joint Responsibility - Michelle Bachelet, Olivier de Schutter and Guy Ryder

Chapter 4. From Government’s Policies to Labour Activism in Indonesia - Michelle Ford

Chapter 5. Harmoniously Denied: China’s Censorship on COVID-19 - Joy Y. Zhang

Chapter 6. State Repression in the Philippines During COVID-19 and Beyond - Leanne Sajor

Chapter 7.Normality Was the Problem - Ilan Bizberg

Part 2: Crisis, Inequalities and Solidarities

Chapter 8. Divided We Stand: What the Pandemic Tell us About Contemporary U.S. - Bandana Purkayastha

Chapter 9. The Data Gaps of the Pandemic: Data Poverty and Forms of Invisibility - Stefania Milan and Emiliano Treré

Chapter 10. Necropolitics and Biopower in the Pandemic: Death, Social Control or Well-being - Montserrat Sagot

Chapter 11. COVID-19 in the Urban Peripheries: Perspectives from the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro - FASE Team Rio de Janeiro

Chapter 12. Generational Inequalities in Argentina’s Working-class Neighbourhoods - Pablo Vommaro

Chapter 13. Pandemic Pedagogical Lessons and Educational Inequalities - Nicolás Arata

Chapter 14. Social Work with Homeless People in Belgium - Stéphanie Cassilde

Chapter 15. Community Spaces in India: Constructing Solidarity During the Pandemic? - Supurna Bannerjee

Part 3: Social Movements, Mutual Aid and Self-Reliance in a Global Pandemic

Chapter 16. Social Movements in the Emergence of a Global Pandemic - Donatella della Porta

Chapter 17. COVID-19 and the Re-configuration of the Social Movements Landscape - Sabrina Zajak

Chapter 18. Social Movements as Essential Services in Toronto - Lesley Wood

Chapter 19. Creating a Hyperlocal Infrastructure of Care: COVID-19 Mutual Aid Groups in the UK - Anastasia Kavada

Chapter 20. ‘Solidarity, Not Charity’: Emotions as Cultural Challenge of Grassroots Activism - Tommaso Gravante and Alice Poma

Chapter 21. Self-reliance as an Answer to the Pandemic: hopes from India’s margins - Ashish Kothari

Chapter 22. Social Movements and Self-reliance: Community Mobilisation in South Africa - Kate Alexander

Chapter 23. Resilience, Reworking, and Resistance in New York City - John Krinsky and Hillary Caldwell

Part 4: “The COVID Will Not Kill the Revolution”: Protest Movements in the Pandemic

Chapter 24. “Defund the Police:” Strategy and Struggle for Racial Justice in the U.S. - Nara Roberta Silva

Chapter 25. A Matter of Survival: The Lebanese Uprising in Times of Pandemic - Alexandra Kassir

Chapter 26. Hong Kong: From Democratic Protests to Medical Workers' Strike in a Pandemic - Chris Chan and Ana Tsui

Chapter 27. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia: a Return to Authoritarianism After the Revolutions? - Kamal Lahbib

Chapter 28. The French Strike Movement: Keeping up the Struggle in Times of Covid-19 - Clément Petitjean

Part 5: Critical Thinking and Emerging Theoretical Challenges

Chapter 29. Coronavirus, Risk and Social Change - José Maurício Domingues

Chapter 30. Challenges to Critical Thinking: Social Life and the Pandemic - Kathya Araujo

Chapter 31. A Sociology for a Post-COVID-19 Society - Sari Hanafi

Chapter 32. The Paradox of Disturbance: Africa and the Coronavirus - Elísio Macamo

Chapter 33. We Are All mortal: From the Empty Signifier to the Open Nature of History - Rita Laura Segato

Chapter 34. The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Crisis of Care - Karina Batthyány

Part VI. Post-Pandemic Transitions and Futures in Contention

Chapter 35. Global Chaos and the New Geopolitics of Power and of Resistances - Breno Bringel

Chapter 36. Denialism, ‘Gattopardism’ and Transitionism - Boaventura de Sousa Santos

Chapter 37. Coronavirus, the Gift and Post-neoliberal Scenarios - Paulo Henrique Martins

Chapter 38. Post-Pandemic Transitions in a Civilizational Perspective - Arturo Escobar

Chapter 39. The World That is Coming: Pandemic, Movements and Change - Geoffrey Pleyers