ABSTRACT

Chapter 1 introduces the key themes and questions organizing the book. What policy decisions forced by Covid-19 affected living and working in society and how persistent these changes will be? Impacts on the domains of health and wellbeing, economic and social life, and environmental protection are introduced, along with a preliminary review of their consequences for sustainable lifestyles. This chapter familiarizes readers with the prospects for positive and negative effects of the pandemic over personal lifestyles, announces the book focus on less studied cases like Brazil, Israel, and China, thus providing a review of different structural and political conditions surrounding developments, and summarizes the content of its other eight chapters.