Crisis and society: developing the theory of crisis in the context of COVID-19

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The theory of crisis and society is advanced by developing a complex systems analysis and is applied to the COVID-19 pandemic. Five issues are identified, discussed and resolved: the definition of crisis; whether a crisis is treated as real or as a socially constructed narrative, or both; the underlying concept and theory of society and its alternative forms; and the different kinds of change in relationship between crisis and society (recuperation, intensification, transformation and catastrophe). This complex systems approach to crisis is applied to the COVID-19 pandemic, analysing the cascade of the crisis through institutional domains and the consequent changes to multiple regimes of inequality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-516
Number of pages19
JournalGlobal Discourse
Issue number3-4
Early online date22 Mar 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Mar 2022

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