The COVID-19 outbreak affects all segments of the population and is particularly detrimental to members of those social groups in the most vulnerable situations; It continues to affect populations, including people living in poverty situations, older persons, persons with disabilities, youth, and indigenous peoples. Early evidence indicates that the health and economic impacts of the virus are being borne disproportionately by poor people. For example, homeless people, because they may be unable to safely shelter in place, are highly exposed to the danger of the virus.
People without access to running water, refugees, migrants, or displaced persons also stand to suffer disproportionately both from the pandemic and its aftermath – whether due to limited movement, fewer employment opportunities, increased xenophobia, etc. If not properly addressed through policy, the social crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic may also increase inequality, exclusion, discrimination, and global unemployment in the medium and long term. Comprehensive, universal social protection systems, when in place, play a much durable role in protecting workers and in reducing the prevalence of poverty since they act as automatic stabilizers. That is, they provide basic income security at all times, thereby enhancing people’s capacity to manage and overcome shocks.
This book aims to bring together research that explores the socio-psycho impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on countries, regions, and key sectors. In addition, it explores the various ‘opportunities’ that have been identified in moving out of this crisis, such as the promotion of a more cohesive society. Also, within the scope of this book is research reporting on decisive measures taken to future-proof economies and increase countries’ or sectors’ resilience.
Usha Rana is a profound academician in sociology with a specialization in community health, sexual studies, and marginalized studies. She has more than 10 years of teaching and research experience. Professor Rana is currently working as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Work at the Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University (A Government Central University), Sagar, India. She completed her education in Sociology from Jiwaji University, Gwalior India. She published more than 30 articles in reputed National and International peer-reviewed Journals/Conferences, including SSCI/Scopus, indexed Journals published by Inderscience, Springer, Elsevier, and Cambridge, respectively. She has edited one book to be published by USA based publishing house and published another book with a leading Indian publisher. Besides, she serves as a Reviewer for many reputed Journals indexed in SSCI/Scopus. She has been delivered lectures as a Speaker in various national and international workshops. Professor Rana is an active member of the International Sociological Association, Indian Sociological Society, Women's Indian Association, etc.
Jayanathan Govender is Professor in Industrial, Organizational and Labour Studies, School of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Professor Govender completed his masters and doctorate from the Universities of Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa and University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, respectively. His interests includes civil society, interdisciplinary studies, BRICS sociology, sociological practice and futures research. He is published public management, participation, higher education, social policy, inequality, and social justice.
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