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COVID-19

Proportionality, Public Policy and Social Distancing

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Peter Murphy
    Pages 1-38
  3. Peter Murphy
    Pages 39-83
  4. Peter Murphy
    Pages 85-105
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 107-122

About this book

Introduction

'This impressive book analyses the medical and social impacts of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. The medical impact has been extensive from trying to understand this new virus, create a new vaccine, and shift medical resources in the face of large infection and death rates. This ambitious book covers all of these topics under the equally important idea that Covid-19 is not simply a medical disease, but also a social one. This is the real strength of Peter Murphy’s book. He analyses the extensive social impacts from public and economic policy including lockdowns and wage subsidies, to social ones including changes to our habits that are now known as ‘social distancing’ – proximity, touch, hygiene. He argues that there were more than proportional measures on some policies and less than proportional ones on others.'

Professor John Rundell, Editor-in-Chief of Critical Horizons and the Social and Critical Theory book series

 

COVID-19: Proportionality, Public Policy and Social Distance explores the social and political response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It details the sociological aspects of the spread of the virus, the role played by social distancing in virus mitigation, and the comparative effect of social proximity and distance on national anti-viral behavior. Peter Murphy discusses various public policy approaches to the pandemic and their successes and failures. In this engaging analysis, he investigates the way that contemporary societies think about risk, threat and harm, and how social mood affected the response to COVID-19.

 

Peter Murphy is the author of The Political Economy of Prosperity (2020), Limited Government (2018) Auto-Industrialism (2017), Universities and Innovation Economies (2015) and The Collective Imagination (2012), among other books. He is Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at La Trobe University and in The Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Australia.

Keywords

pandemics COVID-19 public policy social distancing Coronavirus unintended consequences value-pluralism proportionality social thinking

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityBundorraAustralia

About the authors

Peter Murphy is the author of The Political Economy of Prosperity (2020), Limited Government (2018) Auto-Industrialism (2017), Universities and Innovation Economies (2015) and The Collective Imagination (2012), among other books. He is Adjunct Professor of Social Sciences at La Trobe University and in The Cairns Institute at James Cook University, Australia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title COVID-19
  • Book Subtitle Proportionality, Public Policy and Social Distancing
  • Authors Peter Murphy
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-7514-3
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-15-7513-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-15-7516-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-15-7514-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 122
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Medical Sociology
    Medical Anthropology
    Sociology, general
    Health Policy
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