Qualitative Social Work
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My emotional responses to this moment include feelings of anger, hope, and déjà vu. Although the scope and scale of this pandemic is unprecedented in our lifetimes, what has been especially hard is not necessarily new – nor entirely unprecedented – and therefore unavoidable. In this essay, I reflect on what was avoidable and call for better response. We must question the seemingly benign (if not optimistic) terms emerging as pandemic discourse, such as “pivot to a new normal” and “essential work,” for what they reveal of social injustice and failure to avert future crisis.
Crampton, Alexandra, "The Lie of Pandemic Pivot and Essential Work" (2021). Social and Cultural Sciences Faculty Research and Publications. 315.
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Accepted version. Qualitative Social Work, Vol. 20, No. 1-2 (January-March 2021): 193-199. DOI. © 2021 SAGE Publications. Used with permission.