Theories

the paradox of preparation

The paradox of preparation refers to how preventative measures can intuitively seem like a waste of time both before and after the fact. Most of us don’t stop brushing our teeth because the dentist didn’t find any cavities at our most recent checkup, but with larger events that have effects more difficult to gauge (like […]

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War metaphors used for Covid-19 are compelling but also dangerous

The war-time imagery is compelling. It identifies an enemy (the virus), a strategy (“flatten the curve,” but also “save the economy”), the front-line warriors (health-care personnel), the home-front (people isolating at home), the traitors and deserters (people breaking the social-distancing rules). Furthermore, it highlights the urgency that underpins drastic policy decisions like the closing of […]

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Is this the end of productivity?

In this article, Sam Blum discusses the cult of productivity, the space that work occupied as an identity in western society and the reflection that the slowdown imposed by Covid-19 brings individually in a search for meaning. “The question of how to implement a humane form of economics that requires less productivity of individual workers […]

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Post-pandemic world will have feminist values in the common vocabulary, says anthropologist Debora Diniz

Anthropologist says that concepts such as care, social protection, interdependence and health will have to be discussed. Does the pandemic affect men and women differently? The affection that unites us now is helplessness. We look and seek protection. When the State does not protect and abandon us, that is where the pandemic has gender, because […]

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