What Went Wrong: Corona and the World After the Full Stop

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This article examines the global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It argues that we urgently need to look beyond the virus if we want to understand the real seriousness of what is happening today. How did we end up in a space of thinking, acting, and feeling that has normalized extremes and is based on the assumption that biological life is an absolute value separate from politics? The author suggests that today's fear is fueled by mathematical disease modeling, neoliberal health policies, nervous media reporting, and authoritarian longings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-487
Number of pages21
JournalMedical Anthropology Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • fear
  • pandemics
  • power
  • preparedness


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