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The Deadly Intersections of Covid 19 - Research Report

Deathscapes

The Deadly Intersections of COVID-19: Introduction 

The speed and force with which COVID-19 spread across the globe caught political leaders and public health officials unprepared. Initial measures implemented by governments of all political stripes were based on the premise that the pandemic would be ‘an equalizer’, its impact similar across the population. However, this assumption fell apart immediately as infection and death rates proved to be disproportionately high among communities already marginalized by race, class, age, gender, caste, religion, and sexuality. In the US, for example, elderly, Black, Latino and Indigenous communities were the hardest hit, and hate crimes began to escalate against Asian-Americans (CNN, May 8, 2020; The Washington Post, May 26, 2020); meanwhile in India, Muslims, Dalits and migrant workers from rural areas were devastated by the pandemic and its economic fallout (BBC, May 20, 2020; The Conversation, May 20, 2020). 

The need to understand exactly how, where and why the pandemic intersected with underlying processes of marginalization in specific national contexts, as well as the global linkages between them, brought together this international research team. Taking an interdisciplinary and comparative approach, our project examined how the COVID-19 pandemic interacts with structures and practices of socio-economic and political marginalization in a number of national contexts, namely Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, China, India, UK and US. 

Furthermore, drawing on the activism and lobbying networks of the research team, this project also builds a conceptual model to study the overall socio-economic and political effects of COVID-19; map out its intersections with national and global structures of power; and identify and analyze the impact of key pandemic measures to track how these rework existing social divides. Producing such grounded knowledge is crucial to developing effective pandemic measures that can lead to a more just and equitable post-pandemic world. This Report presents the summary findings of our research project for the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, March 2020 – April 2021. 

Click here to access The Deadly Intersections Final Report 2021 


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