COVID-19 from the Margins

COVID-19 from the Margins. Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society

Edited by Stefania Milan, Emiliano Treré and Silvia Masiero

COVID-19 from the Margins: Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society is a multilingual conversation that celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity but also de-centers dominant ways of being and knowing while contributing a decolonial approach to the narration of the COVID-19 crisis. It brings researchers, activists, practitioners, and communities on the ground into dialogue to offer timely, critical reflections in near-real time and in an accessible language. The result is a heterogeneous, polycentric and pluriversal narration, which invites the reader to enact and experience the “Big data from the South(s)” approach as an interpretive lens to read the pandemic.

COVID-19 from the Margins caringly and thoughtfully demonstrates why the multiplicity we call “the poor” is more than ever at the receiving end of the worst effects of globalized, patriarchal/colonial racist capitalism. But they are not passive victims, for their everyday forms of activism and re-existence, including their daily tweaking of the digital for purposes of community, care, and survival, has incredible insights about design and digital justice that this book takes to heart as we strive to undo the lethal effects of “the first pandemic of the datafied society”,’ wrote anthropologist Arturo Escobar (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill & Universidad de Caldas, Manizales) commenting on the book.

The book features 75 authors writing in 5 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Italian), in 282 pages that amplify the silenced voices of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stefania Milan is Associate Professor of New Media and Digital Culture at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, and member of IAMCR's International Council.

Emiliano Treré is Associate Professor in Media Ecologies and Social Transformation at Cardiff University, UK, and member of IAMCR.

Silvia Masiero is Associate Professor of Information Systems at ‎University of Oslo, Norway

The above text is from the publisher’s description of the book:

Title: COVID-19 from the Margins: Pandemic Invisibilities, Policies and Resistance in the Datafied Society 
Editors: Stefania Milan, Emiliano Treré and Silvia Masiero
Published: 2021
Pages: 282
Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures

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