In 1990, the sociologist Phil Strong wrote about ‘epidemic psychology’ as part of his research on the recent history of AIDS. Strong described vividly how epidemics of fear, of explanation and moralisation, and of (proposed) action accompanied the epidemic of the AIDS virus per se. In this essay, I draw on these formulations to think through the current COVID-19 crisis, illustrating too a pandemic of inequality. In so doing, I provide a sketch of a pandemic sociology.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347, 350
JournalEngaging Science, Technology, and Society
Early online date25 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 25 Aug 2020


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