Decolonising the COVID-19 pandemic: On being in this together

At its inception, the COVID-19 pandemic was described as something inherently new, capable of crossing and erasing the economic, racial, gendered, and religious divides that stratify societies around the world. However, the ongoing pandemic is not new or egalitarian, but fuelled by, and fuelling, cr...

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Published in:Approaching religion
Authors: Duncan, Rebecca ; Höglund, Johan
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2021
In: Approaching religion
Year: 2021, Volume: 11, Issue: 2, Pages: 115-131
Further subjects:B Covid-19
B Decolonisation
B capitalocene
B Pandemic
B climate emergency
B Postcolonial Studies
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Summary:At its inception, the COVID-19 pandemic was described as something inherently new, capable of crossing and erasing the economic, racial, gendered, and religious divides that stratify societies around the world. However, the ongoing pandemic is not new or egalitarian, but fuelled by, and fuelling, crises already under way on a global scale. In this article we examine on the one hand the relationship between the pandemic and still-active formations of racialised and gendered power, and on the other the pandemic's inextricability from a dispersed and uneven planetary emergency. As the environmental historian Jason W. Moore notes, this emergency disproportionately affects ‘women, people of colour and (neo)colonial populations’ (2019: 54), and the effects of COVID-19 are similarly unevenly allocated.
ISSN:1799-3121
Contains:Enthalten in: Approaching religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.30664/ar.107743