The Covid-19 pandemic presents the profoundest public health and economic crisis of our times. The seemingly impossible has happened: borders have closed, nations have locked down, and individuals have socially isolated for the collective good. We find ourselves involved in an unprecedented social experiment. This living laboratory is ripe for sociological analysis. In response, this panel event, chaired by the Journal of Sociology’s Editors-in-Chief, Steve Matthewman and Kate Huppatz, launches a Special Issue on A Sociology of Covid-19. The event features a discussion with Special Issue contributors Professor Raewyn Connell, Professor David Rowe, Professor Lyn Craig, Dr Simon Barber, Dr Sereana Naepi and Professor Robert van Krieken, who will reflect on how the virus has both exacerbated inequalities and opened up opportunity for reimagining the social.
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