Announcement: Working Paper 02/2020 „‚A sanitary war‘. Corona, medical power(lessness) and responsibilization“

by Mariacarla Gadebusch Bondio and Ylva Söderfeldt

Cover Working Paper SFB 1369 ‚Vigilanzkulturen‘ 02/2020 (detail), Design: Sofarobotnik

In this working paper the authors offer a review of the first medical and political reactions to the COVID-19 pandemic. Addresses to their nations made by political representatives of four European countries (Sweden, Italy, France and Germany), all of which were affected by the novel coronavirus at different times and with different severity levels, form the foundation of our study. How these addresses serve to legitimize restrictions to freedom and appeal to the sense of responsibility of citizens, reveals contrasting ways of controlling bodies in the interest of preserving health. Crucially, public health concerns are at the center of both types of pandemic control. Here, past promises of an all-powerful medical field, equipped to overcome any ailment and to reshape human life, clash with a reality in which the medical world in turn is reliant upon political and social dynamics.
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