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CALL FOR PAPERS: The Global Impact of the Coronavirus

In early 2020, it became very clear that a new contagion had entered the human population and was spreading across the globe. The novel coronavirus, first appearing in China, has now spread throughout the world and threatens to kill thousands, possibly millions, of people. Consistent with our mission of bringing sociology to the public, Contexts Magazine: Sociology for the Public is issuing a call for papers that address the spread of this disease from a social science perspective. We are particularly interested in hearing from scholars across the world facing nuanced challenges in their own countries at the local, state, and national level.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • How public agencies discover and monitor epidemics like the coronavirus.
  • How specific organizations, such as hospitals and departments of health, are coping with the epidemic.
  • The economic implications of the coronavirus epidemic.
  • How popular culture and news organizations discuss and frame the virus.
  • The politics of how health services are funded and provide services during epidemics.
  • Innovations in how businesses, non-profits, and educational organizations are positioned to solve unique problems related to COVID-19.
  • The impact of coronavirus on specific cities and neighborhoods.
  • The social impact of “social distancing” and other methods of reducing transmission.
  • Public attitudes on outbreaks and health crises like coronavirus.
  • How social networks facilitate or reduce transmission of the coronavirus.
  • Inequalities in the diagnosis and treatment of COVID-19.
  • Global comparisons of how different nations responded to the epidemic.

We ask that authors send the editors an opinion piece of 500-1000 words by March 20, 2020 at 5pm to editors@contexts.org. We have a preference for pieces that employ empirical data and/or policy approaches to illustrate how the rise of coronavirus impacts society and how social behaviors change the spread of the virus.

Comments 29

Diditi Mitra

March 15, 2020

Dear Editors,

I hate to say this, especially because I enjoy the magazine, this could have waited. Right now, people are traumatized by this virus. Enough have family members/friends dying. Others are extremely worried because they are taking care of the ill. Italy just declared that they will not offer treatment to those over 80 because the system cannot support it. I find this call to be offensive and opportunistic. Sociologists should be caring of humans not using this extreme situation as opportunity to expand one's cv.

Kind regards.


Aditi S.

March 15, 2020

I completely echo the sentiments above.


Jeffrey Rowan

March 15, 2020

I share the feelings above. This could wait. As a researcher myself, I understand the importance of scientific research, by all means, but I sincerely think we should sociology research should not be prioritized at this time point. This is offensive and does not leave the general population a positive and caring image of sociologists.


Kyler Sherman-Wilkins

March 16, 2020

I respectfully disagree with the idea that this "should have waited." Papers in the natural sciences are being published as we 'type.' Sociologists have a vital role to play in understanding the social determinants and social consequences of this pandemic. It's not about expanding one's CV. It's about increasing our understanding of social phenomena. If you don't want to engage in this research at this time, then don't.


Angela Jones

March 16, 2020

Folks, the point of Contexts is to bring sociological research to public audiences. This call is not about a line on a CV. It is timely and prudent. As sociologists, especially those who do public sociology, why wouldn’t we lend our expertise to public thinking and action to the crisis? The critiques of this call are way off-base.


lipon mondal

March 16, 2020

Dear SOC Community: I have all respect for your worries, thoughts, and concerns. However, sociology must not keep itself away from its public responsibility, as all other academic disciplines have been doing for weeks and months. Sociology has the most sophisticated theoretical insights, conceptual tools, and policy ideas. It is high time for sociologists to gather and explain the experiences of people around the world affected by this pandemic. Contexts should go ahead of its great initiative. And we should appreciate its commitment to the general public. I thus think that this call for opinion piece is timely and appropriate. Thanks!


Anon

March 16, 2020

“ ...sociology must not keep itself away from its public responsibility, as all other academic disciplines have been doing for weeks and months...Sociology has the most sophisticated theoretical insights, conceptual tools, and policy ideas.” Mm, no disciplinary exceptionalism here. I’m not a scientist but, isn’t science the forefront of this issue on a daily basis? You know, the medical experts who called this months in advanced but were silenced by their governments? You don’t need to be a sociologist to understand the importance of public-facing academic scholarship, the need for credible sources, or grasp the inadequacies of public policy. Nor do I think that sociologists can “explain the experiences of people around the word;” like, are we still holding on to positivism here?


Ismail Nooraddini

March 17, 2020

I share the feelings above. This felt like someone saw this as an opportune moment to latch onto a pandemic for social exposure. As sociologists we should gauge public reception and know when it is okay and when it isn't okay to comment on perceptions of social experiences. Poor choice in timing.


Anna S. Mueller

March 17, 2020

Sociologists are already weighing in with scientific perspectives (see jimi adams's impactful blog entry for IAPHS: https://iaphs.org/iaphs-blog/). While I dont plan to contribute, I look forward to reading the essays by my colleagues. Our job as sociologists is to contribute relevant science and insights where we can and COVID-19 is no different. Thanks for your leadership in making sociology matter, Contexts.


Kevin Fitzpatrick

March 18, 2020

"If not us who, If not now, when?" We should be leading the discussion that makes this as much about the "social" as it is the biological and we should be doing it now. I have a team that is in preparation to do a full national panel on many of the issues that are raised in the Call for Papers, but realistically are at least a week or two out from full implementation and data collection. Contexts probably needs to rethink its deadline and if interested in sound scientific work, expect that most have barely gotten into the field and NSF just put out a call for proposals last week? Like all anthropogenic or natural occurring events, time is critical. Waiting, for whatever reason, just increases the risk to encounter all the things that as social scientists we love to complain about...


Kay R

March 19, 2020

Quick question - what time zone is the 5pm submission for?


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Ming-Cheng Lo

March 20, 2020

Friends, social distancing is important for slowing this down, but it will not stop the spread. We need testing, a lot more, now, so that the infected can be isolated for treatment and that their contact histories can be traced. Please urge our governments to do everything they can to facilitate this effort, urgently.


Billy Tonkin

March 21, 2020

I wish I had found this earlier!


Pamela

March 23, 2020

Coronavirus is gonna be the biggest challenge of modern society, it is already created the unprecedented situation, and nobody knows when it ends, but its impact on global economy already started to show first signs


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March 23, 2020

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March 25, 2020

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La Francis Rodgers-Rose

March 26, 2020

I'm waiting not for another research analysis of critical Social Situations. I waiting for sociologists, whose expertise is understanding groups and social structures, to take their place with other social sciences and offer answers to the masses of people at times like these. We are called to answer the question raised by Robert Lynn more than 70 years ago: Sociology for What?" Sociologists in large numbers need to be on major media. People are talking sociology and know nothing about it.


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Ivo

April 2, 2020

Researchers are carrying out clinical trials and publishing results in England Journal of Medicine. A call for papers like this one is also a forum for sociologists to share their perspectives and viewpoints on "global impact of corona virus" which is also as important as any other fast-track proposals, papers and clinical trials. All these are enveloped in one word: Research. I do not see anything bad is this call.


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April 5, 2020

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April 11, 2020

In the context of the epidemic in which the world is facing you and your family, join hands to protect your health against corona virus.


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April 12, 2020

Ministry of health and family welfare, Indian Government confirmed that a total of 6039 active COVID-19 cases are being hold in India and it has taken life of 206 people as ease on the date of April 10, 2020. While the Prime Minister of India already declared nation-wide ‘Lock-down’ on 24 March, 2020. There will be impact on food grains while the lockdown follows ahead of harvesting times of other Rabi crops in months of April.


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May 23, 2020

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