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Imagining the Post-COVID-19 Polity: Narratives of Possible Futures

Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
Department of Political Science, Huron University College, London, ON N6G 1H3, Canada
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Academic Editor: Nigel Parton
Soc. Sci. 2022, 11(8), 346;
Received: 1 March 2022 / Revised: 1 June 2022 / Accepted: 1 August 2022 / Published: 5 August 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Narratives of Resistance in Everyday Lives and the Covid Crisis)
The COVID-19 crisis is arguably the most important development of the 21st century so far and takes its place alongside the great eruptions of the past century. As with any crisis, the current pandemic has stimulated visions and proposals for post-COVID-19 societies. Our focus is on narratives—both predictive and prescriptive—that envisage post-COVID-19 political societies. Combining narrative analysis with thematic analysis, we argue that societal changes conditioned by the pandemic have accelerated a turn toward five inter-related developments: A renaissance in rationality and evidence-based science; a return to social equality and equity, including wage equity and guaranteed incomes; a reimagining of the interventionist state in response to crises in the economy, society, the welfare state, and social order; a reorientation to the local and communitarian, with reference in particular to solidaristic mutual aid, community animation, local sourcing, and craft production; and the reinvention of democracy through deep participation and deliberative dialogical decision making. The empirical focus of our work is an analysis of predominantly legacy media content from the Canadian Periodicals Index related to life after the pandemic and post-COVID-19 society. View Full-Text
Keywords: COVID-19; pandemic; media; narrative analysis; thematic analysis COVID-19; pandemic; media; narrative analysis; thematic analysis
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McAuley, J.W.; Nesbitt-Larking, P.W. Imagining the Post-COVID-19 Polity: Narratives of Possible Futures. Soc. Sci. 2022, 11, 346.

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McAuley JW, Nesbitt-Larking PW. Imagining the Post-COVID-19 Polity: Narratives of Possible Futures. Social Sciences. 2022; 11(8):346.

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McAuley, James White, and Paul W. Nesbitt-Larking. 2022. "Imagining the Post-COVID-19 Polity: Narratives of Possible Futures" Social Sciences 11, no. 8: 346.

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