Historical Social Research 46 (2021), 4

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Historical Social Research 46 (2021), 4
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Caring in Times of a Global Pandemic / Vaccination and Society

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GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften
Historical Social Research (HSR)
Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8
Journal Historical Social Research
Philip Jost Janssen, Knowledge Exchange & Outreach, GESIS - Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften

HSR Forum - Caring in Times of a Global Pandemic (ed. Emma Dowling, Ayse Dursn, Syntia Hasenöhrl, Verena Kettner & Birgit Sauer)
This HSR Forum investigates the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures to contain it in a cross-national perspective with regard to the areas of care, social reproduction, and affective security policies. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an existing crisis across different unpaid and paid domains of care and social reproduction. It revealed just who exactly keeps life going by doing the jobs that no society can do without. The management of the pandemic relied on significant swathes of unpaid or underpaid care work without sufficient consideration of the conditions under which this work is carried out and without providing sufficient resources and support. Self-organised practices of care and mutual aid in the pandemic potentially pointed to the possibilities of more progressive or even radical care infrastructures, while public welfare, health, and social care systems were vital in responding adequately and inclusively to the pandemic. In the wake of the pandemic, a key question is how capitalist economies will adjust, and how the pandemic may act as a catalyst for change. This volume brings together nine theoretical and empirical articles investigating the coronavirus pandemic and the containment measures implemented in eight different countries: Austria, Germany, Mali, UK, Greece, Serbia, India, and Turkey.

HSR Forum - Vaccination and Society. A History from Smallpox to COVID-19 in Germany (Malte Thießen)
Vaccination is never just about the health of the individual, but always about society as a whole: Who is particularly worthy of protection, who is a particular threat? Who decides on the allocation of vaccines? And who decides about the body – the state or the individual? In this HSR Forum, Malte Thießen traces the social preconditions and consequences of vaccination programmes in Germany over the course of more than 150 years. The first contribution traces the history of vaccination in the 19th and 20th centuries, while the second focuses on current developments and vaccination programmes against COVID-19. The history of vaccination thus provides insights into social change in modern times with all its ambivalences. On the one hand, vaccinations offered a great promise of safety; on the other hand, vaccinations fuelled new concerns.



Emma Dowling
Caring in Times of a Global Pandemic. Introduction.

Başak Akkan
Global Pandemic and the Veiled Crisis of Care in Turkey: Politics of Social Reproduction and Masculinist Restoration.

Ayse Dursun, Verena Kettner & Birgit Sauer
Corona, Care, and Political Masculinity. Gender-Critical Perspectives on Governing the COVID-19 Pandemic in Austria.

Mike Laufenberg & Susanne Schultz
The Pandemic State of Care: Care Familialism and Care Nationalism in the COVID-19-Crisis. The Case of Germany.

Syntia Hasenöhrl
Affective Politics of Care during COVID-19: Feminist Views of Political Discourses and Intersectional Inequalities in Mali.

Beverley Skeggs
Necroeconomics: How Necro Legacies Help Us Understand the Value of Death and the Protection of Life During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Maria Markantonatou
From Austerity to the Pandemic and Back Again? Lockdown Politics in Greece.

Christa Wichterich
Protection and Protest by “Voluntary” Community Health Workers: COVID-19 Authoritarianism in India.

Ana Vilenica, Vladimir Mentus & Irena Ristić
Struggles for Care Infrastructures in Serbia: The Pandemic, Dispossessed Care, and Housing.

Malte Thießen
Security, Society, and the State: Vaccination Campaigns in 19th and 20th Century Germany.

Malte Thießen
Immunity as Relativity: German Vaccination Campaigns and Debates in Times of COVID-19.

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