Introduction: Moral and Market disordering in the time of Covid-19

Journal Article (Editorial;Journal)

This special issue composed of essays that brainstorm the triadic relationship between Covid-19, Race and the Markets, addresses the fundamentals of a world economic system that embeds market values within social and cultural lifeways. It penetrates deep into the insecurities and inequalities that have endured for several centuries, through liberalism for sure, and compounded ineluctably into these contemporary times. Market fundamentalism is thoroughly complicit with biopolitical sovereignty-its racializing socioeconomic projects, cheapens life given its obsessive focus on high growth, by any means necessary. If such precarity seemed normal even opaque to those privileged enough to reap the largess of capitalism and its political correlates, the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic with its infliction of sickness and death has exposed the social and economic dehiscence undergirding wealth in the U.S. especially, and the world at large. The essays remind us of these fissures, offering ways to unthink this devastating spiral of growth, and embrace an unadulterated care centered system; one that offers a more open and relational approach to life with the planet. Care, then becomes the pursuit of a re-existence without domination, and the general toxicity that has accompanied a regimen of high growth. The contributors to this volume, join the growing global appeal to turn back from this disaster, and rethink how we relate to ourselves, to our neighbors here and abroad, and to the non-humans in order to dwell harmoniously within socionature.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Crichlow, MA; Philipsen, D

Published Date

  • August 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 33 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 161

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1461-7048

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0921-3740

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/09213740211014304

Citation Source

  • Scopus