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Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

05/01/2020

This week’s reflections come from Assistant Professor and Center for Regional Food Studies Director Megan Carney:

  • In the April 24 edition of Arizona Public Media’s The Buzz, Dr. Carney comments on adverse effects of the pandemic on groups that “are already more vulnerable to the crisis due to structural inequality.” Some of these groups may have mutually beneficial systems in place, but Dr. Carney states that “just because they have these systems in place to a certain extent for pooling resources as a survival strategy…doesn’t mean that we should dismiss the need for structural changes.”
  • Dr. Carney also contributed a piece to the series “Dispatches from the Pandemic” from Somatosphere, a website that covers the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology, and bioethics. Read “Austerity, Not COVID-19, Strains National Healthcare Systems.”