Covid-19: The cultural constructions of a global crisis

Paul Frosh*, Myria Georgiou

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This is the Introduction to the special issue on Covid-19 and the cultural constructions of a global crisis. Contextualizing understandings of the pandemic in relation to the concepts of ‘event’ and ‘crisis’, especially to the idea that modernity is itself a condition of perpetual crisis, it proposes that the pandemic is a crisis-event that catalyses new possibilities for making visible endemic inequalities and injustices across highly variable cultural and social domains, from the personal to the global. Always open to containment and appropriation, this crisis of visibility and invisibility is discussed as it pertains to the body, to space and social proximity, and to media and mediation. The individual contributions to the special issue are introduced in relation to these topics.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)233-252
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Studies
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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  • Covid-19
  • crisis
  • event
  • global
  • pandemic


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