Racist morbidities: A conjunctural analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic

Murji, Karim ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7490-7906 and Picker, Giovanni (2021) Racist morbidities: A conjunctural analysis of the COVID-19 pandemic. European Societies, 23 (sup1). S307-S320. ISSN 1461-6696

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This article aims to offer a preliminary theorization of some of the on-going effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on minorities. Drawing on Antonio Gramsci's famous characterization of the crisis as an ‘interregnum’ in which various ‘morbid phenomena’ appear, we suggest that one of the main underpinning logics of the current crisis could be thought of in terms of racist morbidities. Framing the article within Stuart Hall's reading of Gramsci, we discuss two empirical cases: the disproportionate morbid effects of the pandemic on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) in the UK – that we name ‘political morbidities’, and the Moscow municipality's measures addressing migrant workers during the pandemic – that we name ‘socio-spatial morbidities’. The concept of racist morbidities, we conclude, can be a useful exploratory concept to analyse the current and other moments and structures of crisis.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/14616696.2020.1825767
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Societies on 06/10/2020, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14616696.2020.1825767
Keywords: COVID-19, minorities, race, racism, crisis, Gramsci
Subjects: Social sciences
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Depositing User: Karim Murji
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2020 10:54
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:04
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/7380


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