This piece by Christopher J. Lee analyses the unequal capacity of states to respond to the unfolding coronavirus pandemic. The article draws on Achille Mbembe's influential concept of "necropolitics" to bring into focus the corrosive effects of longterm neoliberalization on healthcare infrastructure. It argues that the outbreak of Covid-19 makes starkly visible the extent to which these measures have always systematically exposed certain lives to risk or death.
Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies monitors the Covid-19 pandemic
There is little doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic affects communities and nations across the world in different ways, and that the world’s poor are going to experience this crisis much more keenly than people belonging to affluent communities. As a postcolonial research centre, Linnaeus University Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies will help monitor the development of the crisis. At the centre's web page above, you will find research and opinion pieces that highlight the dispersed and uneven impact of the crisis in Swedish and global society.
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