Title

Entangled roots and otherwise possibilities: An anthropology of disasters COVID-19 research agenda

Publication Date

12-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Anthropology

Publication Title

Human Organization

Volume

79

Issue

4

DOI

10.17730/1938-3525-79.4.333

First Page

333

Last Page

342

Abstract

We develop questions for a COVID-19 research agenda from the anthropology of disasters to study the production of pandemic as a feature of the normatively accepted societal state of affairs. We encourage an applied study of the pandemic that recognizes it as the product of connections between people, with their social systems, nonhumans, and the material world more broadly, with attention to root causes, (post)colonialism and capitalism, multispecies networks, the politics of knowledge, gifts and mutual aid, and the work of recovery.

Keywords

Colonialism, Epidemics, Multi-species ethnography, Mutual aid, Otherwise, Politics of knowledge, Reciprocity

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