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In this essay, Pedro Scuro debates the deep mistrust society displays towards intellectuals and the urgent need to revive people’s trust in science, public authorities and the media as mediators of a brave new world. OUR SOCIETY MISTRUSTS intellectuals, although at times it closes the eyes and from the less...

In this post, Marta Soligo explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected leisure patterns and the very idea of free time. At the beginning of every semester, when I ask my Sociology of Leisure students, “What is leisure?” the answer is always the same, “leisure is free time.” Now that...

Professor Majid Yar explores the enduring power of apocalyptic cultural imaginaries in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic In 2015, I published a book with the rather portentous (or possibly just pretentious) title of Crime and the Imaginary of Disaster: Post-Apocalyptic Fictions and the Crisis of Social Order. My analysis...

In this post, Dr Kim Allen, Dr Kirsty Finn and Professor Nicola Ingram explore discursive constructions of the millennial generation in the context of the COVID-19 crisis. As COVID-19 grips the world, the UK government have been labelled as slow to respond; their public messages delayed and confused. Moreover the UK...

Dr Ipek Demir argues that the role Western-centrism played in official UK responses to COVID-19 should be investigated by social scientific research on risk. It is no longer a secret. The West, on the whole, has underestimated the coronavirus – covid-19. It is not just Ursula Von der Leyen, the...

In this part of Chapter 2, Dr Rodanthi Tzanelli considers how the COVID-19 crisis exemplifies the consolidation of new Western styles of societal control matching populist bravado with an attack on professional expertise. Voldemort virologies and COVID-19 sociologies The power-hungry Voldemort, who controls our rights to life and death, is...

Professor Lapointe is looking at tourism from the mobility angle to raise questions about the post-COVID-19 era. Tourism has been a rapidly growing industry for years, with staggering statistics for jobs, travel, etc. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) claimed that tourism was the largest industry in the world with 10%...

  Professor Korstanje explores the political biographies of mobilities such as tourism, stressing their entanglement in cultures of imperialism and war to date. To write about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its immediate or long-lasting effects on society is very hard in these moments because of the velocity of the mediated...

Remus Gabriel Anghel is Senior Researcher at the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities, Cluj, Romania. His latest book is Transnational return and Social Change. Hierarchies Identities and Ideas.  Anghel R., Fauser M. and P. Boccagni (eds.) London: Anthem Press. 2019. [This post is also published in Romanian in...

Roxana Barbulescu is University Academic Fellow at University of Leeds. Her research examines social inclusion and postnational nationhood through citizenship, migrant integration, asylum and anti-racist policies and practices. Adrian Favell is Chair in Sociology and Social Theory at University of Leeds http://www.adrianfavell.com/  The freedom of movement of persons in the...