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Researching the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Blueprint for the Social Sciences

By Daniel Briggs, Anthony Ellis, Anthony Lloyd and Luke Telford


Jul 1, 2021

Page count

120 pages





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    Researching the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Critical Blueprint for the Social Sciences

    In challenging social science’s established orthodoxies, this first in a series of books is a call for its disciplines to embrace new theoretical paradigms and research methods to better understand the reality of life in a post-COVID world.

    By offering a detailed insight into the harmful effects of neoliberalism before the pandemic, as well as the intervallic period the world is currently living through, the authors show how it is more important than ever for social science to evolve and take a leading role in contextualising the biggest crisis of the 21st century.

    This is a 'critical blueprint' for ongoing debates about the COVID-19 pandemic and alternative modes of research.

    Daniel Briggs is Professor in Criminology at the Universidad Europea.

    Anthony Ellis is Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology at the University of Salford.

    Anthony Lloyd is Reader in Criminology and Sociology at Teesside University.

    Luke Telford is Lecturer in Criminology at Staffordshire University.

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    Viral Armageddon: The Spread and Impact of COVID-19

    Apocalypse Now: The (Desk-based) Scramble for Knowledge

    Studying the COVID-19 Pandemic as It Happens

    Apocalyptic Futures and an Appeal to the Social Sciences