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Solidarity, infrastructure and critical pedagogy during COVID-19: Lessons from Brazil

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Even before the pandemic hit Brazil’s favelas, residents began organizing to protect themselves — against both the novel coronavirus and the government’s active suppression of effective public health action (Ortega and Orsini, 2020). Seasoned activists began fund-raising, mobilizations donations, distributing food, masks, and hygiene kits, and writing policies and manifestos; volunteers signed up to learn basic first aid and walk …

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Governing COVID in Brazil: Dissecting the Ableist and Reluctant Authoritarian

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Brazilians, says President Jair Bolsonaro, are so tough they can fend off this pesky COVID-19 virus, the same virus that has killed more than 147,000+ people worldwide and counting. 

Likening COVID-19 to a “little flu”, the Brazilian leader has exposed, once again, how he governs this South American country with a toxic mix of populist mistrust of science, ableism, and …

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Beyond “Paranoia” and “Reparation”: Tracing Autism Neuroscience

Des Fitzgerald’s excellent Tracing Autism: Uncertainty, Ambiguity, and the Affective Labor of Neuroscience is not strictly a book about autism. It is, rather, as the author observes, more about neurosciences than it is about autism (171); or drawing on the title, it is more about the activity of “tracing” than about “autism.” Tracing describes the “act of pursuing, enacting and …

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