About this Research Topic
As the story of the coronavirus pandemic unfolds, global data are revealing a clear over-representation of particular racial/ethnic minority groups both in rates of infection, prognosis, and mortality from COVID-19 and the importance of structural factors and age as an explanation for this. These findings are not surprising for sociologists and social epidemiologists, who have long analysed the relationship between health and the complexity of the intersections between racism, exclusion, ethnicity, minoritisation, socio-economic background and other dimensions of inequality and marginalisation.
This Research Topic offers a valuable opportunity to consider how these insights can inform our understanding of the current global pandemic. It focuses on the lessons to be learnt from existing and new research into the particular ways in which Covid-19 and its associated policy responses affect people from different racial/ethnic groups and cultures across the globe. It will bring together empirical research and think-pieces, adopting a broad focus which will incorporate the range of sociological contributions to this issue.
These might include:
- describing the sociological lessons from emerging data on rates of Covid-19 infections and mortality and associations with these,
- exploring insights into Covid-19 offered by existing research of ethnic inequalities in health including the nature of and responses to other, recent epidemics,
- considering examples of state responses to the pandemic – such as (in the UK) social distancing, furlough and lockdown - to better understand their impact and how this might vary by ethnicity, while reflecting on whether there are alternative models of policy intervention which might be more effective, in both responding to the pandemic and mitigating any uneven ethnic effect,
- understanding how social distancing may disproportionally affect some ethnic minority groups’ wellbeing and health due to decreased social and leisure opportunities e.g. limited access to green spaces, and digital literacy and/or online access, and
- investigating the impact of the pandemic on forms of locally, nationally and globally realised social cohesion and collaboration, including forms of racist violence.
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Keywords: coronavirus, covid-19, ethnic minorities, racial minorities, marginalisation, minoritisation
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