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“Escaping from Quarantine” from Quarantined: My Ordeal in Uganda’s Covid-19 Isolation Centers

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Few published works of creative non-fiction exist on COVID-19 in Africa. With the publication of QUARANTINED, Ugandan intellectual and philosopher, Jimmy Spire Ssentongo has painted a behind-the-scenes picture of how the Ugandan state handled the coronavirus disease. While the Ugandan president praised self and staff for putting the coronavirus in check through the state’s isolation centres, the people under

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The Empty Hearts and Kinship Correlates of China’s Psy Fever

In her new book Anxious China, Li Zhang documents the rise of “psy fever” in the 21st-century China, as manifested in the widespread use of psychotherapeutic knowledge and techniques by the country’s middle-class citizens to understand and remake themselves. Traversing diverse spaces ranging from clinics to companies, from universities to militaries, Zhang shows us that psychotherapies, though imported from …

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The Ambivalent Tactics of Therapeutic Governing

Li Zhang has captured a fascinating moment in the social and political transformation of psychotherapy in China. There is much to say about this exquisite book. While grounded in the particularities of postsocialist China, Zhang situates her analysis in dialogue with much broader questions relating to globalization, governmentality, and grassroots practices. Her book will undoubtedly stimulate rich dialogue with scholars …

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Recasting Therapeutic Models of Care Before and During the Pandemic

The deep impacts of China’s economic reforms at a “breathless” pace over the past three decades have wrought profound economic and social transformations. Mental health concerns continue to illuminate the intersections of selfhood, social life, and state governance in postsocialist China. This timely monograph examines the “inner revolution” taking place across 21st century China via the recent growth in psychotherapeutic …

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Fit for Purpose? Prime Minister Johnson’s Two Bodies and the UK Better Health Strategy

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Amongst the UK’s current Conservative Government, rhetorically invoking the body politic is common practice. For example, in 2019 Number 10 Special Advisor Dominic Cummings argued that a European reformist faction within the Tory party “should be treated like a metastasising tumour and excised from the UK body politic” while UK Prime Minister (PM) Boris Johnson deployed the metaphor as a …

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Sharing responsibilities, coping with the coronavirus: why Swedish and French response strategies are not that different

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Citizens, governments and academics spend much time these days with one activity: making comparisons.[1] National response strategies to cope with the coronavirus are compared, as well as whether these strategies are based upon expert knowledge and/or political decisions. These comparisons have a strong national focus. Why nations with a large spread of the virus – such as France, Italy …

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