Coronavirus, Class and Mutual Aid in the United Kingdom

Authors: Preston, John, Firth, Rhiannon

Free Preview
  • Analyses he UK government's COVID -19 preparations and how it might produce new solutions
  • Uses a theoretical framework influenced by Marxism, Anarchism, class theory, social movement and critical analysis
  • Uncovers classed assumptions about how markets and altruism operate
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook 18,18 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-57714-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 23,91 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-57713-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
About this book

This book considers how the UK government’s response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic disadvantages the working class, and how mutual aid, based on anarchist principles, can be used as a force for social change.

The authors draw on Marxist and anarchist thought in class theory and social movement analysis to demonstrate that the virus and its material and discursive consequences are an active part of continuing class struggle and class interpolation. Preston and Firth examine how plans for quarantine and social isolation systematically work against the needs of the working class, and rely on classed assumptions about how markets and altruism operate.

In the face of neoliberal methods of dealing with a pandemic, ranging from marketization, disaster capitalism, to a strengthening of the State, Coronavirus, Class and Mutual Aid in the United Kingdom explains how radical alternatives such as social movements and mutual aid can be implemented to better cope with current and future crises.


About the authors

John Preston is Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK. 
Rhiannon Firth is Senior Research Officer in Sociology at the University of Essex, UK.

Reviews

“This is an amazing and important book: a devastatingly hard-hitting, ripping open, of capitalism and coronavirus, an incredibly well researched indictment of the `viracene’ stage/ aspect of disaster capitalism. This is a major contribution to political theory and analysis, and a guide to action and resistance.” — Dave Hill, Emeritus Professor at Anglia Ruskin University, UK, Visiting Professor at the Kapodistrian and National University of Athens, Greece; Chief Editor, Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies

 

 “Couldn't be timelier. A path-breaking book that provides a compelling new take on Covid and politics framed by a skilful synthesis of Marxism and anarchism, one that will be relevant long after this pandemic. The book is a tour de force!” —Alpesh Maisuria, Associate Professor, University of the West England, UK

 

"A crucial and timely intervention as state and capital intervene in the Covid-19 pandemic to consolidate their grasp. Preston and Firth show how Marxist and anarchist frameworks can and must be complimentary in our analyses and resistance to power." — Erica Lagalisse, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, UK

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Preston, John (et al.)

  • The

    Pages 11-28

    Preston, John (et al.)

  • Classed Practices: Pandemic Preparedness in the UK

    Pages 29-55

    Preston, John

  • Mutual Aid, Anarchist Preparedness and COVID-19

    Pages 57-111

    Firth, Rhiannon

Buy this book

eBook 18,18 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-57714-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover 23,91 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-57713-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

Services for this book

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Coronavirus, Class and Mutual Aid in the United Kingdom
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-57714-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-57714-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-57713-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 116
Topics