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Call for Paper: SARS Special Issue on Covid-19



GUEST EDITORS: Letitia Smuts (UJ), Chinwe Obuaku-Igwe (UWC) and Tawanda Sydesky Nyawasha (UL)


The crisis brought on by COVID-19 is not only a health crisis but also a social crisis that threatens the very reproduction of society itself. It is not a problem that can only be solved from a medical or economic perspective. It requires an appreciation of our past and our social context. While it might be too early to determine the magnitude of the impact that the virus will have on society, the emergence of the pandemic calls for detailed sociological predictions, analysis, and insights. As the world is reeling from the deadly effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), several questions are being asked. What does this pandemic mean to ; the individual; to human relations; and to communities? How will the economic ordering of society look like post-COVID-19? How will countries around the globe recover from this pandemic? And what will this recovery mean to the broader economic and political economy of disease control and management, especially in poorly resourced economies of the South? Undoubtedly, the pandemic has come with massive disruptions in human, social, and economic life.  How do we make sense of these disruptions sociologically? Are these disruptions theoretically significant? These are big sociological questions with no single explanation. In this special issue, we seek contributions that grapple with these questions and offer incisive sociological insights. The issue seeks to provide a platform for foundational theoretical and empirical reflections on a pandemic whose character or shape is yet to be fully understood, not only in South Africa - but across the world. It is hoped that such reflections will form the basis for future sociological discussions on COVID-19 in South Africa and beyond.

The South African Review of Sociology invites papers that covers the following areas of interests:

COVID-19 and state governmentality

COVID-19 and the role of the social sciences

COVID-19 and the changing face of human work

Methodology, ethics and fieldwork during and post-COVID-19

Misinformation and the political economy of health

COVID-19 and inequalities in heath and society

Intergenerational solidarity, family networks and community cohesion in the time of the pandemic

COVID-19 and Care Work

COVID-19, the human condition and precarity in South Africa

Other themes may also be considered.

Submission and Guidelines:

Prospective contributors should submit an abstract of no more than 500 words double-line spaced by 15th September 2020. Theoretical and empirical submissions that will deepen and advance sociological knowledge on COVID-19 can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The guest editors will communicate their feedback by 5th October 2020. Selected contributors will be expected to submit full length manuscripts (no more than 8,000 words) by 16 November 2020.

For selected manuscripts, text must be in 12pt, Times New Roman font, 1.5 line spacing. Submissions should be uploaded to Accepted manuscripts will appear in the special issue expected to be published mid-2021.