Few things are discussed more in Iceland, or really around the world, than Covid-19. The biological threat is obvious, people’s health and lives are threatened, but pandemics like this one do also have deep social, political and economic consequences. With few other options during these unprecedented times, Sigrún relies on technology in this week’s podcast and discusses with Alexandre White, assistant professor of sociology and the history of medicine at John Hopkins University in Baltimore. He completed his doctoral degree from Boston University in 2018 and it happens to be the case that Sigrún was a member of his dissertation committee. His research focuses on pandemics and he is currently finishing up a book, based on his dissertation, entitled “Epidemic Orientalism: Social Construction and the Global Management of Infectious Disease” where he focused on how definitions and responses to pandemics are socially constructed and often reflect the historical power imbalance between Western societies and other societies. During the podcast, they discuss how things are evolving in the United States and put the threat that the whole world is experiencing in a sociological perspective.
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