This book centers on negotiations around cultural, governmental, and individual constructions of COVID-19. It considers how the coronavirus pandemic has been negotiated in different cultures and countries, with the final part of the volume focusing on South Asia and Pakistan in particular. The chapters include auto-ethnographic accounts and ethnographic explorations that reflect upon experiences of living with the pandemic and its implications for all areas of life. The book explicates people’s dealings with COVID-19 at various levels, situates the spread of rumors, conspiracy theories, and new social rituals within micro- and/or macro-contexts, and describes the interplay between the virus and various institutionalized forms of inequalities and structural vulnerabilities. Bringing together a variety of perspectives, the volume relates to the past, describes the Covidian present, and offers futuristic implications. It enlists distinct imaginaries based on current understandings of an extraordinary challenge that holds significant importance for our human future.

chapter |10 pages


Constructing and Negotiating COVID-19
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part I|47 pages

Autoethnographic Reflections on Negotiating the Coronavirus Pandemic

chapter 1|13 pages

My Great-Grandmother, Malinowski, and My “Self”

An Autoethnographic Account of Negotiating the COVID-19 Pandemic
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chapter 2|15 pages

Negotiating COVID-19 in the Media

Autoethnographic Reflections on Sweden and International Reporting
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part II|129 pages

Conceptualizing and Negotiating the Pandemic Across Professions, Cultures, and Countries

chapter 4|15 pages

“As Soon as People See You Cough, They Say You Have the Disease”

Negotiating COVID-Related Stigma and Health-Seeking Behaviors in Kenya
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chapter 5|18 pages

How US Maternity Care Providers Conceptualize COVID-19 and Negotiate Practice Changes

The Tensions Between Organizational Protocols and Childbearers' Needs
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chapter 6|16 pages

Health Literacy and Information Fatigue

Understanding People's Beliefs and Behaviors as They Negotiate COVID-19 in Germany
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chapter 7|15 pages

“Flexible Lockdown” in Switzerland

Individual Responsibility and the Daily Navigation of Risk and Protection
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chapter 8|14 pages

Practicing Resilience while Negotiating the Pandemic

The Experiences of People with Rare Diseases in Poland
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chapter 10|17 pages

The Quest for a Cure for COVID-19

Controversies and Negotiations Around Biomedical Treatments and Traditional Asian Medicines
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part III|63 pages

Culturally Constructing and Negotiating COVID-19 in South Asia

chapter 12|14 pages

Sri Lankans' Negotiations Around COVID-19

Can a Culture Control a Viral Outbreak?
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chapter 13|11 pages

Negotiating COVID-19 in Bhutan

Successfully Aligning Science, Politics, Culture, and Religion in a Unique Public Health Strategy
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chapter 14|16 pages

Negotiating India During the COVID-19 Crisis

Issues and Challenges
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chapter 15|20 pages

Contesting COVID-19 in Bangladesh

Government Responses and Local Perceptions
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part IV|79 pages

Negotiating COVID-19 in Pakistan

chapter 16|15 pages

Social Constructions of the Concept of COVID-19 in Pakistan

An Anthropological Investigation
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chapter 17|11 pages

Local Perceptions of COVID-19 in Pakistan's Sindh Province

Political Game, Supernatural Test, or Western Conspiracy?
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chapter 19|13 pages

How Students Negotiated a University Closure

The Impacts of “Covistress” on Undergraduate Students of the University of Sindh During Online Education
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chapter |20 pages


Global Negotiations Around COVID-19
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